From 1 October 2016, there were annual increases to the National Minimum Wage Rates.

These are set out in the table below with the rates for previous years:

National Living Wage (per hour)
Age 25+

Standard Adult rate (per hour)

Age 21+

Development Rate (per hour)

Age 18-20

Young Workers Rate (per hour)

Age 16-17

Apprentice Rate (per hour)

Accommodation offset limit (maximum daily deduction from NMW)

1 Oct 2016 – 31 March 2017

£7.20

£6.95

£5.55

£4.00

£3.40

£6.00

1 April 2016 – 30 Sept 2016

£7.20

£6.70

£5.30

£3.87

£3.30

£5.35

1 Oct 2015 – 30 Sept 2016

£6.70

£5.30

£3.87

£3.30

£5.35

There are five categories of workers which are as follows:

Standard Adult Rate

Applies to workers aged between 21 and 24 inclusive

National Living Wage

Applies to workers aged 25 or over

Development Rate

Applies to workers aged between 18 and 20 inclusive

Young Workers Rate

Applies to workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age

New Apprenticeship Rate

Applies to apprentices under 19 years of age and those aged 19 and over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship