New national living wage rates from 1 April

The national living wage (NLW) and the national minimum wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1 April 2017.

Eligible workers over the age of 25 will have to be paid the new NLW rate of £7.50 while the NMW rate for those aged 21-24 increases by 10p to £7.05 an hour.

Age From 1 April 2017 Current rates
25 and over £7.50 £7.20
21 to 24 £7.05 £6.95
18 to 20 £5.60 £5.55
16 to 17 £4.05 £4.00
Apprentices* £3.50 £3.40
*Apprentices rate for those aged 16-18 and 19 or over in their first year.

A government poll of more than 1,400 workers earning less than £15,000 highlighted a lack of awareness of their rights.


  • 69% were unaware about payment for travel time between appointments
  • 57% didn’t know that having money deducted from their wages to cover uniform costs is unlawful
  • 48% were unaware that tips can’t be used to top up pay to the legal minimum.

Margot James, business minister, said:

“We are determined to make sure everybody in work receives a fair wage and while most employers get it right, there are still a small number who fail to play by the rules.”

Jennie Granger, director general for customer compliance at HMRC, said:

“Paying the NMW is the law – it’s not a choice. Employers must pay their workers what they’re entitled to and follow the rules.”

Contact us to discuss paying the NMW and NLW.