On 1 April 2018, the National Minimum Wage rates go up. 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:
- £7.83 for workers 25 and above (up from £7.50);
- £7.28 for 21-24 year olds (up from £7.05);
- £5.90 for 18-20 year olds (up from £5.60);
- £4.20 at age 16 and 17 (up from £4.05); and
- £3.70 for most apprentices
For most people, this is the minimum you should be paid from 1 April 2018. If you’d like to check out what you are entitled to try our minimum wage calculator.
Minimum wages haven't kept up with inflation over the last 10 years though, especially for younger workers. And they're still a lot lower than the independently calculated "Living Wage" of £10.20 per hour in London and £8.75 in the rest of the UK.
The TUC’s Frances O’Grady said:
“It’s good that the minimum wage is rising above inflation, but it needs a serious boost in the coming years.
“We need to get it to £10 an hour as soon as possible. At the moment its not even on track to reach £9 an hour by 2020 – the amount promised by George Osborne.
“In-work poverty remains a huge problem in Britain. Today’s rises shouldn't cloud that fact.”