National Minimum and Living Wage rates increase

3 Mar 2017 Alex Hastings    Last updated: 6 Mar 2017

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2017.

The national living wage which is for workers who are aged 25 or over, will increase on 1 April 2017 for the first time since its introduction in April 2016 to £7.50 per hour.  The rate depends on your age and whether you're an apprentice. The current (October 2016) and new (April 2017) rates are below:

  25 and over 21 - 24 18 - 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
October 2016 £7.20 £6.95 £5.55 £4.00 £3.40
April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

*Apprentices
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
- aged under 19
- aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
- are aged 19 or over
- have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Further information on the national and living wage can be found on the NI Business Information website: https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/minimum-wage-rates-increase-1-april-2017

 

by Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

alex.hastings@nicva.org

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