National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - rates and overview

National Minimum Wage: previous rates

Guide

Listed below are the minimum wage rates for UK workers for previous years from 1999 up to the current rate. This also includes the National Living Wage rates that were first introduced in April 2016.

Date

Main Rate (Age 22+)

Youth Development Rate (Age 18-21)

Age 16-17 Rate


1 Apr 1999

£3.60

£3.00

N/A

N/A
1 Jun 2000

£3.60

£3.20

N/A

N/A
1 Oct 2000

£3.70

£3.20

N/A

N/A
1 Oct 2001

£4.10

£3.50

N/A

N/A
1 Oct 2002

£4.20

£3.60

N/A

N/A
1 Oct 2003

£4.50

£3.80

N/A

N/A
1 Oct 2004

£4.85

£4.10

£3.00

N/A
1 Oct 2005

£5.05

£4.25

£3.00

N/A
1 Oct 2006

£5.35

£4.45

£3.30

N/A
1 Oct 2007

£5.52

£4.60

£3.40

N/A
1 Oct 2008

£5.73

£4.77

£3.53

N/A
1 Oct 2009

£5.80

£4.83

£3.57

N/A

  Main Rate changed to Age 21+ from October 2010 Youth Development Rate changed to Age 18-20 from October 2010 Age 16-17 Rate remained the same in October 2010 Apprentice Rate was introduced in October 2010
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

The National Living Wage was introduced in the UK in April 2016 and until 31 March 2021 employers had to pay workers aged 25 and over. Since 1 April 2021, the National Living Wage has been extended to those aged 23 and above.

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
1 Apr 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90
1 Apr 2020 £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15
Year 23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 16 to 17 Apprentice
1 Apr 2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30


See the current National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.