National Minimum Wage: new rates from 1 April 2018

In the biggest rise in National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for those under 25 for a decade, new rates apply from 1 April 2018.

18-20 and 21-24 year-olds see increases of 4.7% and 5.4% respectively. There is also a 4.4% increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) for those aged 25 and over.

NMW and NLW vary depending on age and whether or not a worker is an apprentice.

Groups Rate from 1 April 2018
* for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
NLW for workers aged 25 and over £7.83
the main rate for workers aged 21-24 £7.38
the 18-20 rate £5.90
the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 £4.20
the apprentice rate * £3.70

There are no exemptions from paying NMW on the grounds of the size of the business.