National Minimum Wage Increase April 2020

If you are an employer, you need to take account of the new levels of the National Minimum Wage increase coming into effect on 1st April, 2020.

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

The minimum wage increases each April.

To qualify you must:

  • Be school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage
  • Be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.

The National Minimum Wage (#NMW) and National Living Wage (#NLW) rates both increased with effect from 1st April 2020 to:

The National Living Wage will increase from £8.21 to £8.72 for workers aged 25+.

NMW rates:

  • workers aged 21–24 – from £7.20 – £8.20 per hour
  • workers aged 18–20 – from £6.15 – £6.45 per hour
  • workers aged 16–18 – from £4.35 – £4.55 per hour
  • apprentice rate – from £3.90 – £4.15 per hour

The Apprentice rate

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are:

  • aged 19 or under
  • 19 or over but in the first year of their apprenticeship.

However if they are aged 19 or over and/ or have completed the first year of the apprenticeship they qualify to receive the NMW.

Visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates to find out more.


Information about employers and the minimum wage: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage/employers-and-the-minimum-wage.

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