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What are the National Living Wage and Minimum Wage Increases for 2024?

What are the National Living Wage and Minimum Wage Increases for 2024?

Tamsin Clark

As of 1 April 2024, the National Living Wage and Minimum Wage rates are set to increase, marking a significant change for workers across the UK. What's particularly noteworthy is that the National Living Wage will now extend its coverage to workers aged 21 and over, expanding from the previous threshold of 23 and over.

Employers play an important role in ensuring that their workers are paid correctly in accordance with these new rates. It's essential to emphasise that even if your workers are currently earning an hourly wage at or above the National Living or Minimum Wage, there's still a risk of underpayment. This risk can arise from various factors, including wage deductions, tips included in pay, deductions for work-related expenses, or failure to compensate for all hours worked.

To avoid any legal ramifications, it's imperative for businesses to stay compliant with the new rates. 

National Minimum Wage Rates – 1 April 2024-25
Category of worker Hourly rate
Aged 21 and above (national living wage rate) £11.44
Aged 18 to 20 inclusive £8.60
Aged 16-17 £6.40
Apprentices aged under 19 £6.40
Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship, in second year Revert to pay for their age £6.40