National Minimum Wage

Workers must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage. They must be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.

Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.

From 1 April 2019 the hourly rate for National Minimum Wage is


The National Minimum Wage:

Age group                                   April 2019

25 and over                                         £8.21

21 to 24                                               £7.70

18 to 20                                               £6.15

Under 18                                             £4.35

Apprentice rate*                                £3.90


*Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices completing their first year will then revert to the national minimum wage for their age.


The National Minimum Wage is the UK’s pay floor – designed to protect low-paid workers without significantly adversely affecting employment or the economy.

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Following the last increase and in order to ensure that all apprentices continue to receive the national minimum wage for their age and circumstances, all employers working with WEBS are asked to sign a declaration to confirm the minimum wage for their apprentice age is being paid.