New minimum wage rates for April 2019

On 1 April 2019, the National Minimum Wage have gone up again. This year raises have been above inflation, which is good news for some of the lowest paid. 

Here are the new minimum hourly wage rates:

  • £8.21 for workers 25 and above (up from £7.83);
  • £7.70 for 21-24 year olds (up from £7.28);
  • £6.15 for 18-20 year olds (up from £5.90);
  • £4.35 at age 16 and 17 (up from £4.20); and
  • £3.90 for most apprentices (up from £3.70)

For most people, this is the minimum you should be paid from 1 April 2019. If you’d like to check out what you are entitled to try our minimum wage calculator.

Minimum wages are still a lot lower than the independently calculated "Living Wage" of £10.55 per hour in London and £9.00 in the rest of the UK. And it's especially hard for younger workers, who have seen smaller rises in their already lower rates.

The TUC’s Frances O’Grady said:

“Young workers are still getting a raw deal on pay. Their bills aren’t any cheaper, but they have to make ends meet with less. That’s just not fair.

“And with in-work poverty rising, we need to make the minimum wage fit for the future by raising it to £10 as soon as possible.”


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