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Changes to National Minimum and National Living Wage Rates and Age Bracket Changes 2021

Employers should be aware that on 1 April 2021, the government is increasing both the National Minimum and National Living Wage rates.

National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage Changes:

From 1 April 2021, National Minimum Wages and National Living Wage Rates will increase as follows:

  • From £8.72 to £8.91 per hour for workers aged 23 and over
  • From £8.20 to £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 – 22
  • From £6.45 to £6.56 an hour for workers aged 18 – 20
  • From £4.55 to £4.62 an hour for workers aged 16 - 17
  • From £4.15 to £4.30 an hour for apprentices 

Who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage?

Most workers in the UK are entitled to National Minimum Wage but there are some groups who are not entitled and include:

  • Self employed people
  • Volunteers
  • Voluntary Workers
  • Company Directors

Who is entitled to the National Living Wage?

Workers must be aged 25 or over to be entitled to the National Living Wage.

What about Part-Timers?

It makes no difference to a worker’s entitlement to the National Minimum Wage whether they work for you full time or part time, or whether they are an agency worker, a temporary or casual worker, a piece worker or home worker.

For more information

The above changes can also be viewed here.

If you would like further information on how the changes affect you, please contact a member of our payroll team below.

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