From 1st April 2016 the Government has introduced a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 50p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate of £6.70.

The National Minimum Wage rate of £6.70 will continue to apply for employees aged 21 to 24, with the premium added on top for those aged 25 and over, taking the total hourly rate to the National Living Wage.

We advise that this is compulsory and all employers must adhere to these changes.

National Minimum Wage Rates as follows (from 1st October 2015):

Aged 21 to 24 Years         £6.70 Per Hour

Aged 18 to 20 Years         £5.30 Per Hour

Under 18 Years                 £3.87 Per Hour

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 years and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year £3.30 Per Hour.  All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.