What is the minimum wage
The government sets a minimum amount workers must get paid on average for the hours they work. This is called the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW) if you’re aged 25 or over.
Current rates for the minimum wage
The minimum wage rate varies depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice.
|Wage band||Rates from 1 April 2019|
|25 and over||£8.21|
|21 to 24||£7.70|
|18 to 20||£6.15|
Who gets the apprentice rate
You’re entitled to the apprentice rate if you’re an apprentice aged:
- under 19
- 19 or over, and in the first year of your current apprenticeship agreement
If you're 19 or over and have completed the first year of your current apprenticeship, you're entitled to the minimum wage for your age.