Wages to rise up in spring

The Government has published the new National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, which will take effect from 6 April 2021. The changes will include lowering the age of eligibility for the National Living Wage,
from 25 years to 23 years. The new rates will be as follows:

  • Age 23 or over (NLW rate): £8.91 (currently £8.72).
  • Age 21 to 22: £8.36 (currently £8.20).
  • Age 18 to 20: £6.56 (currently £6.45).
  • Age 16 to 17: £4.62 (currently £4.55).
  • Apprentice rate: £4.30 (currently £4.15).
  • Accommodation offset £8.36 per week (currently £8.20).

The Low Pay Commission plans to align the Apprentice rate with the rate for 16–17-yearolds by 2022, with the result that this rate has seen the biggest increase – of 3.6%.

Young Workers (age 16–17 and 18–20) have seen the smallest increases – a reflection of high youth unemployment due to the pandemic.


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