Changes to the National Minimum and Living Wage

Are you paying your staff correctly or think you're being underpaid? The legal National Minimum and Living Wage go up on 1 April.

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. Until 31 March 2017, this is set at £7.20 per hour. From 1 April 2017, it will go up to £7.50 per hour.

If you currently earn less than £7.50 per hour, you should automatically see an increase in your pay after 1 April 2017. It is illegal for your employer to pay you below the National Living Wage, so check your pay and talk to your manager to make sure you’re getting what you are entitled to.

Not sure what your current hourly rate is? Use this calculator to check.

Don’t think you’re getting paid the right amount? Talk to your manager. If you have been underpaid, your employer owes you back pay. Make sure you get what you’re owed.

Feel uncomfortable talking to your manager? Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice and support.

If you’re an employer, by law you must pay workers aged 25 and over the legal National Living Wage. Find out more.

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. From 1 April 2017, this will be going up.

Date 25 & over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 October 2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

It is illegal for your employer to pay you less than the National Minimum Wage, so check your pay and talk to your manager to make sure you’re getting what you are entitled to.

Not sure what your current hourly rate is? Use this calculator to check.

Don’t think you’re getting paid the right amount? Talk to your manager. If you have been underpaid, your employer owes you back pay. Make sure you get what you’re owed.

Feel uncomfortable talking to your manager? Call the Acas helpline for confidential advice and support.

If you’re an employer, by law you must pay workers under 25 at least the legal National Minimum Wage. Find out more.

For more information regarding the National Minimum and Living Wage see here.

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