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

Current rates

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

Apprentices can get the apprentice rate if they’re under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship.

They’re entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they either:

  • are 19 or over
  • have completed their first year

Previous rates

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
2015 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
2014 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

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
2009 £5.80 £4.83 £3.57
2008 £5.73 £4.77 £3.53
2007 £5.52 £4.60 £3.40
2006 £5.35 £4.45 £3.30
2005 £5.05 £4.25 £3.00

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.