National Minimum Wage Rates

Published on Friday 3 March 2017

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law.

National Minimum Wages rates depend upon the employee’s age and whether they are an apprentice. An employee must be at least school leaving age to be eligible.

Effective DateAged 25+Aged 21 to 2418 to 2016 to 17Apprentice*
01 Apr 2018£7.83£7.38£5.90£4.20£3.70
01 Apr 2017£7.50£7.05£5.60£4.05£3.50
01 Oct 2016£7.20£6.95£5.55£4.00£3.40
01 Apr 2016£7.20£6.70£5.30£3.87£3.30
01 Oct 2015£6.70£5.30£3.87£3.30
01 Oct 2014£6.50£5.13£3.79£2.73
01 Oct 2013£6.31£5.03£3.72£2.68
01 Oct 2012£6.19£4.98£3.68£2.65
01 Oct 2011£6.08£4.98£3.68£2.60
01 Oct 2010£5.93£4.92£3.64£2.50
* Rate 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.