The National Minimum Wage is increasing on 1st April 2018

Failure to pay the correct rate can lead to penalties and publication, therefore it is important to have a system in place to remind you of employees birthday if they currently fall into one of the lower categories.



The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:


• school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
• aged 25 to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under


Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.


Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2017 (Current) £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
• aged under 19
• aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship