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New National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage from 1 April


Approximately two million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers will benefit from an increase in National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage which comes into effect on 1 April 2021.

The National Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91 (equivalent of a £345 a year pay rise for a full time minimum worker). Additionally the age threshold for the National living wage has been lowered from 25 to 23.

The National Minimum Wage applies to those from school leaving age to 22.


The increase will be of particular to benefit workers in sectors such as retail, hospitality, leisure and maintenance.


Brief Summary of the new rates

  • National Living Wage (23+) has increased 2.2%, from £8.72 to £8.91

  • National Minimum Wage (21-22) has increased 2%, from £8.20 to £8.36

  • National Minimum Wage (18-20) has increased 1.7% from £6.45 to £6.56

  • National Minimum Wage (under 18) has increased 1.5% from £4.55 to £4.62

  • Apprentice Rate has increased 3.6% from £4.15 to £4.30

Contact our payroll team if you believe your employees are effected by the changes.