The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law.

You can use the National Minimum Wage calculator at https://www.gov.uk/minimum-wage-calculator-employers to check if you’re paying a worker the National Minimum Wage or if you owe them payments from past years.

The new rates of National Minimum Wage which come into effect on 1 April 2021 are: -

Aged 23 and above (National Living Wage rate) (previously age 25 to 31/03/21)

£8.91 per hour

Aged 21-22 inclusive

£8.36 per hour

Aged 18-20 inclusive

£6.56 per hour

Aged under 18 (but above compulsory school leaving age)

£4.62 per hour

Apprentices aged under 19

£4.30 per hour

Apprentices aged over 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship

£4.30 per hour


If we run your payroll, then we will endeavour to check if anybody is the under the National Minimum Wage and let you know.  However, this remains the employer’s responsibility so we would urge you to check that all of your workforce are being employed legally.

To check National Minimum Wage rates for previous years please visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.

For more information on rates and allowances for the 2021-22 tax year, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-and-thresholds-for-employers-2021-to-2022.