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UK National Minimum & Living Wage rates

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are set by the UK Government.  Around 128,000 workers in Scotland benefit from the uplift in the National Living Wage, and an additional 31,000 Young Workers in Scotland benefit from the uplift in the National Minimum Wage.

Are you 23 or over?

The National Living Wage now applies to all workers aged 23 and over. The previous age of eligibility was 25. This will come down again to 21 by 2024.

Are you under 23?

If you are a worker aged under 23, or an apprentice, you are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

Current Rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). 

Date 23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
From 1 April 2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30

Are you an apprentice?

Aged 16 to 18

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

Are you an employer?

Employers must pay workers the correct minimum wage.

You can read guidance on the minimum wage rates and who they apply to.

Is your employer paying you properly?

Think you might be underpaid? Register a complaint with HMRC or call the Acas helpline for confidential advice on 0300 123 1100.

Visit the Check Your Pay website - external link

Find out more about UK Government support at work.