New National Minimum/Living Wage Entitlement

By law, an employer must pay a minimum amount on average for the hours their employee works. This is termed differently depending on the age of the employee:

  • National Living Wage (NLW) if you’re aged 23 or over
  • National Minimum Wage (NMW) if you’re aged under 23 or an apprentice

The government reviews the minimum wage rate every year and they will be updated again on Friday April 1st, 2022.

Current and new rates

Below is a table displaying the upcoming changes:

Wage Band Current rate Rate from 1 April 2022
Age 23 and over (National Living Wage) £8.91 £9.50
Age 21 to 22 £8.36 £9.18
Age 18 to 20 £6.56 £6.83
Under 18 £4.62 £4.81
Apprentice £4.30 £4.81

The apprentice rate

An apprentice is entitled to the apprentice rate if they are aged:

  • under 19
  • 19 or over, and in the first year of your current apprenticeship agreement

If someone is 19 or over and has completed the first year of their current apprenticeship, they are entitled to the minimum wage for their age.