National Minimum Wage to increase in April 2019

The National Minimum Wage will increase in April 2019:

  • National Living Wage (minimum wage for over-25s) to rise from £7.83 to £8.21
  • Ages 21-24 minimum wage to rise from £7.38 to £7.70
  • Ages 18-20 minimum wage to rise from £5.90 to £6.15
  • Ages 16-17 minimum wage to rise from £4.20 to £4.35
  • Apprentice wages to rise from £3.70 to £3.90

The minimum wage a worker should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage – workers get it if they’re over 25.

It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the correct minimum wage.

Use the minimum wage calculator to check if the correct minimum wage has been paid.

Workers can check if:

  • they’re getting the correct minimum wage
  • an employer owes them payments from past jobs

Employers can check if:

  • they’re paying the correct minimum wage
  • they owe a worker payments from past jobs

There is also guidance on working out the minimum wage for different types of work.