UK National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage April 2021

Ten Pound Note

Employers remember that the new national living wage and the increases to the National Minimum Wage bands come into effect today.

From today, the National Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, and be given to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first time. The National Minimum Wage applies to those from school leaving age to 22.

The rates from April 1 2021 are:

  • National Living Wage (23+) has increased 2.2%, from £8.72 to £8.91
  • National Minimum Wage (21-22) has increased 2%, from £8.20 to £8.36
  • National Minimum Wage (18-20) has increased 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56
  • National Minimum Wage (under 18) has increased 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62
  • Apprentice Rate has increased 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30

You must pay, at least the Apprentice Rate if your employee is aged:

  • under 19
  • 19 or over, and in the first year of their current apprenticeship agreement

If they are 19 or over and have completed the first year of your current apprenticeship, they are entitled to the minimum wage for their age.

Check your payroll now to ensure you comply with these increases.