National Minimum Wages Rates April 2022

The government has announced the annual increases in national minimum wage rates to apply from 1 April 2022.

National Minimum Wages Rates April 2022

From 1 April 2022, the new hourly rates recommended by the Low Pay Commission and accepted by the government will be:

  • Age 23 or over (national living wage rate): £9.50 (up 6.6% from £8.91)
  • Age 21 to 22: £9.18 (up 9.8% from £8.36)
  • Age 18 to 20: £6.83 (up 4.1% from £6.56)
  • Age 16 to 17: £4.81 (up 4.1% from £4.62)
  • Apprentice rate: £4.81 (up 11.9% from £4.30)

There are substantial increases across the range this time with the apprenticeship rate seeing an increase of 11.9% to bring it into line with the rate for 16-17 year olds, the rate for 21 and 22 year olds will increase by 9.8% whilst the rate for those 23 and and over will increase by 6.6%. This has significantly closed the gap between the rates for 21 and 22 year olds and those who are aged 23 or over, which makes me wonder whether the next move will be to merge the two into one rate.

I recommend reviewing staff wages now and look carefully for those employees who will fall into the three groups with the biggest increases as they will have a significant impact on your wage bill.

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National Minimum Wages Rates April 2022