National Minimum Wage: Younger Workers to Qualify for National Living Wage


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Posted on 11 Feb 2021

Minimum Wage Paper

National Minimum Wage rates increase from 1 April each year but this year there is an additional change employers need to be aware of. From 1 April 2021, workers aged 23 and over will qualify for the top band National Living Wage. Currently, workers have to be 25 years of age to qualify.  

The new National Minimum Wage rates are as follows: 

  • Age 23 or over (National Living Wage rate): £8.91
  • Age 21 to 22: £8.36 
  • Age 18 to 20: £6.56 
  • Age 16 to 17: £4.62
  • Apprentice rate: £4.30

The accommodation offset will increase to £8.36 per week.

Employers need to make sure payroll are aware of these changes so that all workers receiving the National Minimum Wage are paid the correct rate.   

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