In October 2016, most minimum wage rates will increase. The national living wage (NLW), which applies to workers aged 25 or over, will not increase.
Rates are as follows:
|Age||October 2015||April 2016||October 2016|
|25 and over||£6.70||£7.20||£7.20|
The Government has said that from April 2017 the national living wage and minimum wage will be uprated in parallel – currently, minimum wage operates on an October cycle, national living wage operates on an April cycle.
The objective is for the national living wage to be over £9 by 2020. A decision on the next rate increase is supposed to be taken in October – in its report on the issue, the Low Pay Commission tentatively suggested that in April 2017 the NLW will be £7.64.