What is the minimum wage for young workers?

As of 1 April 2017, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for workers aged between 18 and 20 is £5.60 per hour. 16 and 17-year-olds are entitled to at least £4.05 per hour. Apprentices under the age of 19 (or over the age of 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship) are entitled to £3.50 per hour.

National minimum wage rates are adjusted each year. Under the age of 16, there is no minimum wage protection.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.