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New National Minimum Wage rules

From 1 October, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise for all workers under 25 as well as for apprentices of any age. For workers aged 21-24, the new rate is £6.95 per hour. Workers aged 18-20 must be paid £5.55 per hour, and 16- and 17-year-olds must be paid £4.00 per hour.

All apprentices must be paid £3.40 per hour.

All workers aged 25 and over have been entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW) since April, which is currently set at  £7.20 per hour.

How much do I have to pay?


Minimum hourly rate as of 1 October 2016

All workers aged 25 and over


Workers aged 21-24


Workers aged 18-20


Workers aged 16-17


Apprentices of any age


If you employ any staff or apprentices, you must ensure you are paying them correctly. It is a criminal offence not to pay the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, or to fake payment records.

If you are a worker or apprentice who is not receiving the minimum wage guaranteed by law, you should speak to your employer. PACEY members are entitled to contact the PACEY Legal Advice Line for additional advice and assistance.