National Minimum Wage entitlement

What is the minimum wage

The government sets a minimum amount you must get paid on average for the hours you 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're an apprentice.

    Wage bandRates from 1 April 2019
    25 and over£8.21
    21 to 24£7.70
    18 to 20£6.15
    Under 18£4.35
    Apprentice£3.90

    See previous minimum wage rates on GOV.UK.

    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.

    National Minimum Wage entitlement

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