National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage Rates Applicable from 1 April 2017
Following the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission, the Government will increase the National Living Wage from £7.20 to £7.50 from April 2017. The Government will also accept their recommendations to increase the NMW rates from April 2017 for:
- Workers aged 21 to 24: £7.05 (£6.95)
- Workers aged 18 to 20: £5.60 (£5.55)
- Young workers aged 16 to 17 who are not apprentices: £4.05 (£4.00)
- Apprenticeship rate: £3.50 (£3.40)
The National Minimum Wage rates were last increased in October 2016.
The Government has also announced that they will invest an additional £4.3 million per year to strengthen NMW enforcement. This will fund new HMRC teams to review those employers considered most at risk of non-compliance with the NMW. Other measures will provide additional support targeted at small businesses to help them comply and a campaign to raise awareness amongst workers and employers of their rights and responsibilities.