The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.
This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
You must be at least:
- school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
- 25 to get the National Living Wage - the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under
These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage from 1 April 2016.
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2016 (current rate)||£7.20||£6.70||£5.30||£3.87||£3.30|
National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April.
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
- under 19
- 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
All other apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age.
The following rates were for the National Minimum Wage. The rates were usually updated every October.
|Year||21 and over||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
Rates before 2010
The age groups were different before 2010 and there were no National Minimum Wage rates for apprentices.
|Year||22 and over||18 to 21||Under 18|
Who gets the minimum wage
Read the information on who is entitled to the minimum wage.
You can use the minimum wage calculator to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid.
Contact Acas if you’re not getting the National Minimum Wage and think you should be.