National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The UK National Minimum (NMW), set by the Low Pay Commission and endorsed by government, has ensured a legal floor for hourly pay since 1999. In April 2016 the Government introduced a new National Living Wage (NLW) for adults aged 25 and over. The aim of the NLW is to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020, subject to sustained economic growth.

Current rates

Year 25 and over (NLW) 21 to 24 (NMW)  18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
2018-19 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70*
2019-20  £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90*
2020-21 (forecast) £8.65 - - - -

 *This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. 

Guidance

BUFDG Briefing on NMW

NMW - potential impact for universities (PWC)

NMW - salaried v unmeasured workers (PWC)

 

Further information

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - Document collection from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and HM Revenue & Customs. 

Low Pay Commission

The minimum wage in 2018: Low Pay Commission analysis

 Page last updated April 2019