National Living Wage


From April 2016, the National Living Wage will be £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice - you must be at least school leaving age to get it.
Year
21 and over
18 to 20
Under 18
Apprentice*
2015 (current rate)
£6.70
£5.30
£3.87
£3.30
2014
£6.50
£5.13
£3.79
£2.73
2013
£6.31
£5.03
£3.72
£2.68
2012
£6.19
£4.98
£3.68
£2.65
2011
£6.08
£4.98
£3.68
£2.60
2010
£5.93
£4.92
£3.64
£2.50
*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.
The rates are usually updated every October - the current rates apply from October 2015.



Living wage
Unlike the minimum wage, or the new National Living Wage (see above) the living wage is a voluntary scheme, promoted by the Living Wage Foundation
Current levels are £9.40 in London, and £8.25 in the rest of the UK .. Many local authorities and other public bodies, and an increasing number of companies, are committed to observe these minimum rates rather than the lower statutory rates above.