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National Minimum Wage increases from 1 April 2018

Posted on 21st December 2017
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National Minimum Wage rates, including the National Living Wage, increase annually with effect from 1 April.

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National Minimum Wage rates increase from 1 April 2018

The rates, effective from 1 April 2018, have been announced and will be as follows:

  • National Living Wage of £7.83 (from £7.50) for workers aged 25 and over.
  • Standard Adult Rate of £7.38 (from £7.05) for workers aged between 21 and 24.
  • Development Rate of £5.90 (from £5.60) for workers aged between 18 and 20.
  • Young Worker Rate of £4.20 (from £4.05) for workers aged under 18.
  • Apprentice Rate of £3.70 (from £3.50).
  • Accomodation Offset of £7.00 per day (from £6.40).
In Practice

If you pay rates at or close to the National Minimum (or Living) Wage be sure to check your rates of pay in advance and revise them if necessary; including other costs that will be affected, for example, pension and national insurance contributions.

If you do not pay the correct National Minimum Wage rate your business risks a penalty of 200% of the arrears capped at £20,000 per worker just so you know!

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