In brief

The government has announced the annual increases in national minimum wage rates to apply from 6 April 2021, taking the minimum salary of those aged 23 or over to GBP 8.91 per hour. 


From 6 April 2021, the new hourly rates recommended by the Low Pay Commission and accepted by the government will be:

  • Age 23 or over (national living wage rate): GBP 8.91 (up 2.2% from GBP 8.72)
  • Age 21 to 22: GBP 8.36 (up 2% from GBP 8.20)
  • Age 18 to 20: GBP 6.56 (up 1.7% from GBP 6.45)
  • Age 16 to 17: GBP 4.62 (up 1.5% from GBP 4.55)
  • Apprentice rate: GBP 4.30 (up 3.6% from GBP 4.15)

Previously, the national living wage rate has applied only to those aged 25 or over.   Where an employee is given accommodation as part of their package, the offset which can be deducted from their pay will increase to GBP 8.36 per week (up 2% from GBP 8.20).