The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage


The minimum wage a worker should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage - workers get it if they’re over 25.

It does not matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the correct minimum wage.

Use the minimum wage calculator to check if the correct minimum wage has been paid.

Workers can check if:

  • they’re getting the correct minimum wage
  • an employer owes them payments from past jobs

Employers can check if:

  • they’re paying the correct minimum wage
  • they owe a worker payments from past jobs

There is also guidance on working out the minimum wage for different types of work.

Call the Acas helpline or visit the Acas Helpline Online for advice about the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.