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.

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%
Accommodation Offset £8.20 £8.36 2.0%

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

First published 1 December 2020