The UK National Minimum Wage rates for 2018 have now been confirmed, and effective from 1st April 2018 workers aged 25 and over will see their hourly rate increase to £7.83 (up 33p from £7.50).

National Minimum Wage Rates will be as follows:

  • Workers aged 25 and over – £7.83 (up from £7.50)
  • Workers aged 21 to 24 – £7.38 (up from £7.05)
  • Workers aged 18 to 20 – £5.90 (up from £5.60)
  • Workers aged under 18 but above school leaving age – £4.20 (up from £4.05)
  • Apprentices ** – £3.70 (up from £3.50)

** – The apprentice rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of training.  All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage applicable to their age.

Preparing for an increase in the UK’s National Minimum Wage Rates

Employers are advised to ensure their payroll systems are updated from 1st April.  For more information on the National Minimum Wage or any other employment related issues please contact a member of our employment law team.

 The Backhouse Solicitors Team

Tel:      01245 893400



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