National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage increase

The National Living Wage has been extended to 23 year olds and over from today.

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The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increases from today, with people aged 23 and over now qualifying for the National Living Wage.

Previously people had to be aged 25 and over to claim the NLW. The increases from April 1st are:

  • The National Living Wage (23+) has increased by 2.2%, from £8.72 to £8.91
  • The National Minimum Wage (21-22) has increased by 2%, from £8.20 to £8.36
  • The National Minimum Wage (18-20) has increased by 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56
  • The National Minimum Wage (under 18) has increased 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62
  • The Apprentice Rate has increased 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30.

The new rates – announced at the Chancellor’s Spending Review 2020 – were recommended by the independent body the Low Pay Commission, following extensive consultation. The Government has said that it is committed to the target of the National Living Wage reaching two-thirds of median earnings by 2024.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [BEIS] says that if anyone is concerned that they are not being paid the correct wage, they should speak with their employer. If the problem is not resolved, they can contact Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) on 0300 123 1100, or complain to HMRC.

Workers can check their pay and find out what they can do if they believe they are being underpaid here.



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