Government announces pay rise for 2.8 million people

Pay Rates 2020The Government has fully accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations after they consulted stakeholders such as unions, businesses and academics, before recommending the National LIving Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates to the Government.

National Living Wage (NLW) is paid to those aged 25 and over

To get the National Minimum Wage (NMW) you must be at least school leaving age, and the pay rates depend on your age and whether or not you are an apprentice

From 1st April 2020, The National Living Wage (for over 25 year olds) will increase 6.2% from £8.21 to £8.72.

The National Minimum Wage will rise across all age groups, including:

  • A 6.5% increase from £7.70 to £8.20 for 21-24 year olds
  • A 4.9% increase from £6.15 to £6.45 for 18-20 year olds
  • A 4.6% increase from £4.35 to £4.55 for Under 18s
  • A 6.4% increase from £3.90 to £4.15 for Apprentices, that is all apprentices under age 19 AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in first year of apprenticeship

Apprentices who are aged 19 years and over and not in their first year of apprenticeship are entitled to the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age group as above