On 1 April 2017 the Government will increase the hourly rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW). Historically, NMW rates have been reviewed in October each year, following recommendations by the Low Pay Commission. However, in 2016 the Government announced that all NMW rates will be uprated in parallel with the NLW, (first introduced in April 2016), in April each year, starting in 2017.

The following hourly rates of National Minimum Wage will apply from 1 April 2017:

The National Living Wage (workers aged 25 and over) increases to £7.50 from £7.20.

The standard adult rate (workers aged between 21 and 24) increases to £7.05 from £6.95.

The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) increases to £5.60 from £5.55.

The young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) increases to £4.05 from £4.00.

The rate for apprentices will increase to £3.50 from £3.40.

Businesses should review their pay rates to ensure that they are aligned with these increased rates.

More information on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage can be found on the ACAS website here.

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