National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage Rates are to increase from the 1 April 2021


The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission and from 1 April 2021 will be as follows:

There are different levels of NMW, depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice. The new rates are:

  • the main rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase from £8.20 to £8.36
  • the 18-20 rate will increase from £6.45 to £6.56
  • the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 will increase from £4.55 to £4.62
  • the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship will increase from £4.15 to £4.30

If you are of compulsory school age you are not entitled to the NMW. Some of your other employment rights are also different.

The National Living wage for workers 23 and over (previously 25 and over) will increase from £8.72 to £8.91. For information on ‘The New national Living Wage’ please click on the link