Minimum wage increase – don’t get caught out in October

In October 2016, most minimum wage rates will increase. The national living wage (NLW), which applies to workers aged 25 or over, will n​​ot increase.

Rates are as follows:​

Age October 2015 April 2016 October 2016
25 and over £6.70 £7.20 £7.20
21-24 £6.70 £6.70 £6.95
18-20 £5.30 £5.30 £5.55
16-17 £3.87 £3.87 £4.00
Apprentices £3.30 £3.30 £3.40

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. ​