UK National Minimum & Living Wage rates

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are set by the UK Government. Around 117,000 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 25 or over?

If you are a worker aged 25 and over, and not in your first year of an apprenticeship, you are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage of £7.83 per hour.

Are you under 25?

If you are a worker aged under 25, or an apprentice, you are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

Date 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
From 1 April 2018 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

Are you an apprentice?

If you are in your first year of your apprenticeship then you are legally entitled to at least the apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate of £3.70 per hour.  If you are aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, then you are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum and National Living Wage rates relevant to your age group.

Are you an employer?

The National Minimum and Living Wage rates went up on 1 April 2018.  Make sure your employees are getting paid at least what they are legally entitled to.

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
From 1 April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

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

Find out more about UK Government support at work.

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