Minimum Wage increased rates - April 2021

5 Mar 2021 Eamonn McKee    Last updated: 8 Mar 2021

The National Minimum and National Living Wage rates will increase on 1 April 2021.

The new rates for the national minimum wage and the national living wage are set out below and are increasing on 1 April 2021. The table shows the 2020/21 rates also. The National Living Wage is the rate set by the Government for those aged 23 and over, down from the current age of 25.  The minimum rates set are the hourly rate that workers should be paid by their employers depending on age or whether they are an apprentice. 

Further information can be found on the NIBusinessinfo website.


 23 and over* 

 21 to 22 

 18 to 20 

 16 to 17 


 April 2021 






 April 2020







HMRC is offering live webinars in March to explain the upcoming rate rises, including when exactly you should start paying the new rates.

Choose a date and time to attend

*You should note that the National Living Wage is currently available to those who are 25 years old and over but this will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds from 1 April 2021.

**If under 19 or in first year of apprenticeship (otherwise refer to age bands).'s picture

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