National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage


The National Minimum Wage is a legal right, which covers almost all workers in the UK. This includes temporary, part-time, casual workers, home workers, piece workers and people from countries other than the UK. 


The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age.  You must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage or aged 25 to get the National Living Wage - Minimum Wage still applies for workers aged 24 and under.


The rates change every April.
The new National Minimum Wage rate of £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 and over (introduced on 1 April 2016) will not increase.
The rates for NMW & National Living Wage from October 2018 - March 2019 were:
  • 25 + years old                    £7.83per hour
  • 21- 24 years old                 £7.38 per hour
  • 18 - 20 years old                £5.90 per hour
  • 16 - 17 years old                £4.20 per hour 
The rates from 1st April 2019 will be:
  • 25+ years old                       £8.21 per hour
  • 21 - 24 years old                  £7.70 per hour
  • 18 - 20 years old                  £6.15 per hour
  • 16 - 17 years old                  £4.35 per hour



Exceptions to the Living / Minimum Wage

Some people do not have to be paid the National Minimum Wage, these are:
  • Self-employed people
  • Volunteers
  • Students doing work as part of their undergraduate or post-graduate course
  • Certain training schemes
  • Prisoners
  • Armed forces
  • Share Fishermen
  • Company directors

Are You Getting the National Living / Minimum Wage?

You should get a payslip showing what you are paid.  It should show you how much is taken out, for example tax and national insurance contributions.  However not all payslips are clear and some money does not count – such as expenses, or you may not get a set amount each hour.
If you are in doubt that you are getting the National Minimum Wage contact the Jobshop or you can call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on  0300 123 1100 or  you can submit a general enquiry at



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