Minimum Wage increases

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Jayne Turner | 28th March 2019

Minimum Wage increases

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are the legal minimum wage rates that must be paid to employees. Employers are liable to be penalised for not complying with the NMW and NLW rules.

There are different levels of NMW and NLW, depending on age and whether the employee is an apprentice. The rates are due to increase from 1 April 2019 as shown in the following table:


Rate from 1 April 2018

Rate from 1 April 2019

NLW for workers aged 25 and over



NMW main rate for workers aged 21-24



NMW 18-20 rate



NMW 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18



NMW apprentice rate *



*for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship


There are no exemptions from paying the NMW on the grounds of the size of the business.

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Internet link: GOV.UK NMW