Changes to National Living Wage

10 Apr 2019

 

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates went up on 1 April 2019. Make sure you update your payroll so your employees get paid at least what they are legally entitled to.

 

National Living and Minimum Wage Rates

 

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70
From 1 April 2019 (current rates) £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90

 

Apprentice rates

 

Date 25 & over

 

and completed the first year of apprenticeship

21 to 24

 

and completed the first year of apprenticeship

19 to 20

 

and completed the first year of apprenticeship

Apprentice

 

In the first year of apprenticeship or under 19

1 April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £3.70
From 1 April 2019 (current rate) £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £3.90

If you’re not sure what rate you’re paying your employees, use the Government's calculator to check.

You can call the Acas Helpline to get advice and support to ensure that you understand what you need to do to pay your employees correctly.

Even if you are paying your employees at or above the National Living or Minimum Wage, you could still be underpaying them. This can easily happen when an employer makes a mistake in calculating pay.

Some of the most common mistakes are listed below. Check whether any of them could apply to your staff. If you discover you have been paying your employees below the correct minimum wage, you must pay any arrears immediately.