The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum wage per hour a worker is entitled to in the United Kingdom. These rates are reviewed yearly by the government and are advised by the independent body Low Pay Commission (LPC).
There are different levels of National Minimum Wage (NMW) depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice. If you're aged 25 and over, you'll get the National Living Wage (NLW).
A breakdown of the hourly rate employers are legally required to pay employees are as follows:
- The apprentice rate is currently £3.50 and should increase to £3.70 on 1 April 2018.
- The rate for those aged 25+ is currently £7.50 and should increase to £7.83 on 1 April 2018.
- The rate for 21-24 year olds is currently £7.05 and should increase to £7.38 on 1 April 2018.
- The rate for 18-20 year olds is currently £5.60 and should increase to £5.90 on 1 April 2018.
- The rate for 16-17 year olds is currently £4.05 and should increase to £4.20 on 1 April 2018.
There are a few rules that relate to these rates:
- Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either aged under 19 or aged 19+ and in their first year of apprenticeship.
- To qualify for the minimum wage, you must be at school leaving age (16 years or older).