New National Minimum Wage rate and the National Living Wage rates from 1 April 2017

National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on the workers' age and if they are an apprentice.

The National Living Wage
The Government's National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and was set at £7.20 per hour. From 1 April 2017, it will go up by 30p to £7.50.

The National Minimum Wage rates for younger workers applicable to pay reference periods starting on or after 1 April 2017 will be as follows:

• the rate for workers aged 21 and 24 will increase by 35p to £7.05 an hour 

• the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.60 to £5.60 an hour 

• the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 5p to £3.87 an hour 

• the rate for apprentices will rise by 10p to £3.50 an hour 

Please see the info sheet Paying Personal Assistants under the heading Being a Good Employer for more information and background.