Guide

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - rates and overview

National Minimum Wage: previous rates

Date

Main Rate (workers aged 21 and above)

Note: prior to 1 October 2010 the Main Rate applied to workers aged 22 and above.

Youth Development Rate (workers aged 18 to 20)

Note: prior to 1 October 2010 the Main Rate applied to workers aged 18 to 21

16-17 Year Old Rate
(workers aged 16 to 17, or under 16 but over compulsory school leaving age)

Apprentice Rate

1 Apr 1999

£3.60

£3.00

--

 
1 Jun 2000

£3.60

£3.20

--

 
1 Oct 2000

£3.70

£3.20

--

 
1 Oct 2001

£4.10

£3.50

--

 
1 Oct 2002

£4.20

£3.60

--

 
1 Oct 2003

£4.50

£3.80

--

 
1 Oct 2004

£4.85

£4.10

£3.00

 
1 Oct 2005

£5.05

£4.25

£3.00

 
1 Oct 2006

£5.35

£4.45

£3.30

 
1 Oct 2007

£5.52

£4.60

£3.40

 
1 Oct 2008

£5.73

£4.77

£3.53

 
1 Oct 2009

£5.80

£4.83

£3.57

 

  Note from 1 October 2010 the Main Rate applies to workers aged 21 and above (unless they are in the first year of a qualifying apprenticeship) Note: from 1 October 2010 the Youth Development Rate applies to 18 to 20 year olds (unless they are in the first year of a qualifying apprenticeship) Note: the 16 to 17 year old rate applies to workers in this age band (unless they are in a qualifying apprenticeship) Note: from 1 October 2010 apprentices aged under 19 or aged over 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to this rate. All other apprentices are entitled to the rate that applies to their age band.
1 Oct 2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50
1 Oct 2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
1 Oct 2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
1 Oct 2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
1 Oct 2014 £6.50 £5.13 £3.79 £2.73
1 Oct 2015 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30

 

Previous rates for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
1 Apr 2016 £7.20 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
1 Oct 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
1 Apr 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50
1 APR 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

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