1. 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 2018|
|25 and over||£7.83|
|21 to 24||£7.38|
|18 to 20||£5.90|
April 2019 rate increase
The minimum wage rates will increase in April 2019.
|Wage band||Rates from 1 April 2019|
|25 and over||£8.21|
|21 to 24||£7.70|
|18 to 20||£6.15|