Minimum wage rates increase from 1 April 2021
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase from 1 April 2021
Employers should be aware that all minimum wage rates increase on 1 April of each year. This includes all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate. The new minimum wage rates apply to eligible workers in Northern Ireland from 1 April 2021.
You should note that the National Living Wage of £8.91 has been extended to include those aged 23 years and above from 1 April 2021. Previously the National Living Wage was only available to those aged 25 years and above.
Minimum wage - increased rates from April 2021
See table below that shows the current minimum wage rates and new rates from April 2021:
|Rate from April 2020||Rate from April 2021||Increase|
|National Living Wage (23 years old and over)||£8.71||£8.91||2.2%|
|National Minimum Wage adult rate (21-22 years old)||£8.20||£8.36||2.0%|
|National Minimum Wage (18-20 years old)||£6.45||£6.56||1.7%|
|National Minimum Wage (16-17 years old)||£4.55||£4.62||1.5%|
|National Minimum Wage (apprentice rate)||£4.15||£4.30||3.6%|
Read more on National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.
First published 1 December 2020