Minimum wage rates increase from 1 April 2021

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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.

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%
Accommodation Offset £8.20 £8.36 2.0%


*You should note that the National Living Wage is currently available to those who are 25 years old and over but this will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds from 1 April 2021. 

Read more on National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.

First published 1 December 2020