National Minimum/National Living Wage to increase on 1 April

The National Living Wage, the statutory minimum for workers aged 25 and over, will increase by 4.9% to £8.21 per hour on 1 April 2019. National Minimum Wage rates for younger workers will also increase above inflation.

As the minimum wage increases more employers than ever will be directly affected, including some of those who currently pay above the minimum. The new rates are:


Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 (current rate) £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
April 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90


For further information on paying the National Minimum Wage correctly you can register for one of HMRC’s live webinars – it is running a series of them throughout March. Go to


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