Minimum wage to rise in April

Minimum wage to rise in April
The legal minimum wage is to rise in April. Here are the current and new rates:
Wage band Current rate Rate from 1 April 2022
Age 23 and over (National Living Wage) £8.91 £9.50
Age 21 to 22 £8.36 £9.18
Age 18 to 20 £6.56 £6.83
Under 18 £4.62 £4.81
Apprentice £4.30 £4.81
The National Living Wage (NLW) is for people aged 23 or over; the National Minimum Wage (NMW) applies to those aged under 23 or in an apprenticeship.
All workers must be paid the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. This is whether they are:
• full time
• part time
• doing training essential for the job
• working in a small or ‘start-up’ business
It also applies to:
• agency workers
• agricultural workers
• apprentices
• casual labourers, for example someone hired for one day
• casual workers
• employees on probation
• foreign workers
• home workers
• offshore workers
• seafarers
• workers paid by commission
• workers paid by the number of items made (piece work)
• zero-hours workers
The only types of work that are not covered are those who are:
• self-employed (by choice)
• a volunteer (by choice)
• a company director
• in the armed forces
• doing work experience as part of a course
• work shadowing
• under school leaving age