UK National Minimum Wage

UK National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the United Kingdom are entitled to be paid.

The NMW applies to employees aged between 16 and 24 years.
The National Living Wage (NLW) applies to employees aged 25 years and over.

At April 2019, the NMW and NLW hourly rates were:

    • £8.21 for employees aged 25 years and over
    • £7.70 for employees aged 21 to 24 years
    • £6.15 for employees aged 18 to 20 years
    • £4.35 for employees aged 16 to 17 years
    • £3.90 for apprentices aged 16 to 18 years and those aged 19 years or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

The adult National Living Wage of £8.21 per hour works out £312 per week (38 hours) or £16,222 per year.

Source: Office of National Statistics figures for April 2019 (

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