National Minimum Wage - Rates

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice. 
You must be at least: 

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage 

  • aged 25 to get the National Living Wage - the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under 

Current rates 

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. Check the current rates on the Government website. The rates change every April. 


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are 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 National minimum wage rates can be found on GOV.UK's website.