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2016 National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

For the last 5 years the National Minimum wage has risen on 1 October each year. Set out below are the rates applicable from 1 October 2015.

However in the Budget delivered in June 2015  the government introduced a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over. This will give a minimum wage of £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over. Those aged 21-24 will continue to be covered by the National Minimum wage rates set out below. These rates come into force on 6 April 2016.



21 and over



18 to 20



Under 18






  • This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.