In the biggest rise in National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for those under 25 for a decade, new rates apply from 1 April 2018.
18-20 and 21-24 year-olds see increases of 4.7% and 5.4% respectively. There is also a 4.4% increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) for those aged 25 and over.
NMW and NLW vary depending on age and whether or not a worker is an apprentice.
|Groups||Rate from 1 April 2018|
|* for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship|
|NLW for workers aged 25 and over||£7.83|
|the main rate for workers aged 21-24||£7.38|
|the 18-20 rate||£5.90|
|the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18||£4.20|
|the apprentice rate *||£3.70|
There are no exemptions from paying NMW on the grounds of the size of the business.