National Minimum Wage Rates

The government has announced the annual increases in national minimum wage rates to apply from 6 April 2022.

From 6 April 2022, the new hourly rates recommended by the Low Pay Commission and accepted by the government will be:

  • Age 23 or over (national living wage rate): £9.50 (from £8.91)
  • Age 21 to 22: £9.18 (from £8.36)
  • Age 18 to 20: £6.83 (from £6.56)
  • Age 16 to 17: £4.81 (from £4.62)
  • Apprentice rate: £4.81 (from £4.30)

The 16 to 17 rate applies to workers who have not reached their 18th birthday but are above compulsory school age and are not apprentices.

The apprentice rate applies to apprentices who are under 19 or are over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

UPDATE 11 MAY 2022
The Queen’s Speech contained a new Harbours (Seafarer’s Remuneration) Bill which will enable UK ports to refuse entry to ferry services that do not pay the equivalent of the UK national minimum wage. However, the Bill will stop short of amending the UK’s national minimum wage legislation directly.

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National Minimum Wage Rates


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