The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage will increase from 1st April 2018.

You must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage and aged 25 to receive the National Living Wage. 

The new rates from 1st April 2018 will be: 

Age 25 and Over = £7.83

Age 21 to 24 = £7.38

Age 18 to 20 = £5.90

Under 18 = £4.20

Apprentice = £3.70

For a comparison between 2017 and 2018 rates, please visit 

Please ensure you are up to date with these increases and do not find yourself on the name and shame list published by the government each month. The latest press release published 9th March 2018, names 180 employers for underpaying their employees along with fines totalling £1.3 million. The worst offending sectors in this list are retailers, hospitality businesses and hairdressers. For further reading please visit