26 September 2016 - Blog, News
The National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

On 1st October 2016 the National Minimum Wage rates for the different age bands and for apprentices will increase.

Workers must be at least school leaving age (last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16) to get the National Minimum Wage. They must be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.

Minimum wage affecting workers under 25 and apprentices to apply from 1 October 2016 are as follows:

  • new minimum wage for 21-24 year olds, increase £6.95 an hour
  • an increase in the Youth Development Rate, affecting 18-20 year olds, to £5.55 an hour.
  • an increase in the 16-17 Year Old Rate to £4.00 an hour.
  • an increase in the Apprentice Rate to £3.40 an hour.

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

For workers aged 25 and over, the Government is introducing the £7.20 National Living Wage – in effect a fifth minimum wage rate – from 1 April 2016.

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