Minimum wage in the UK

Employers in the UK are required to pay their staff a minimum wage for every hour they work. The minimum amount staff must earn is determined by their age at the time of employment, and in some cases the capacity they’re hired in (apprentices, for example, receive a lower pay rate).

As of 1 April 2024, the minimum wage for employees in the UK is as follows:

Age/employment type Rate
21+ years (National Living Wage) £11.44
18–20 years £8.60
16-17 years £6.40
Apprentice £6.40

Be aware that, despite their similar sounding names, the National Living Wage (which is actually just the minimum wage for those aged 23 and older), is not the same thing as the Real Living Wage.

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