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Minimum wage


Minimum Wage

Currently (as April 2020) the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is :

If you are under 18 the NMW is £4.55 per hour

If you are aged 18-20 the NMW is £6.45 per hour

If you are aged 21-24 the NMW is £8.20 per hour

If you are aged 25 or over the NMW is £8.72 per hour

Apprentices who are under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship should be paid a minimum of £4.15 per hour.

If you are of compulsory school age you are not entitled to the NMW.

There are many rules and regulations that apply to the NMW. For full information visit the Pay and work rights page on


Rates from 1 April 2019  are

Rates from 1 April 2020

will be

25 yrs old and over

£8.21 per hour

£8.72 per hour

21-24 yrs old

£7.70 per hour

£8.20 per hour

18-20 yrs old

£6.15 per hour

£6.45 per hour

16-17 yrs old

£4.35 per hour

£4.55 per hour

Apprentices under 19

or 19 or over who
are in the first year

of apprenticeship

£3.90 per hour

£4.15 per hour















The Living Wage

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - this is referred to as the ‘national living wage’.

For young people between the ages of 21 and 25, the minimum wage rate is statutory (it is the law to pay someone at least this amount). 

For more information about the Living Wage, please visit

The Real Living Wage

The Real Living Wage is a voluntary UK wage rate that is paid by over 5,000 UK businesses. The real Living Wage which is higher than the government minimum wage and the National Living Wage.  It is usually paid to anyone aged 18 or older.

Who Pays the Living Wage?

Find out which employers pay the Living Wage in this region by visiting and using their search tool to select by industry and/or area (East of England).

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