National Minimum Wage Rates

Plan now and be prepared for the increases to the national minimum wage rates which take effect from 1st April 2019.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers in the UK are entitled to by law. The rate varies depending on your age and whether you’re an apprentice. Most workers who are 25 or older must be paid at least the National Living Wage (NLW), which is the highest rate of the National Minimum Wage.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Rates for 2019/20

Age Minimum hourly rate 2018-19 2019-20
25 and over £7.83 £8.21
21 to 24 £7.38 £7.70
18 to 20 £5.90 £6.15
Under 18 £4.20 £4.35
Apprentice £3.70 £3.90

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate of the National Minimum Wage if they are either:

  • Under 19
  • 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Am I entitled to the National Minimum Wage?

You must be at least school leaving age (the last Friday in June of the school year in which you turn 16) to get the National Minimum Wage.

Almost all workers are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, including:

  • Casual workers
  • Part-time workers
  • Temporary workers

But if you’re self-employed or a company director, you’re not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

There are also some other types of workers who don’t qualify.

Don’t confuse these rates with those mentioned by the campaign group, Living Wage Foundation who believe employees currently need to earn at least £8.75/hour (£10.20/hour in London) to live and support their families.