Increase to the minimum wage


Are you ready for the increase to the National Minimum Wage? 


In this newsletter I am going to address some of the common questions surrounding the national minimum wage.

I’ve included a handy PDF fact sheet for you to download.

Should you require further information then follow the link to the GOV.UK website.


What will the new rates be?

As you have no doubt by now heard as of 1st April there will be changes to the rates of the national minimum wage. These changes will affect both you and your employees. The table below compares the 2018 rates with the new rates applicable as of 1st April 2019.

YEAR 25 AND OVER 21 TO 24 18 TO 20 UNDER 18 APPRENTICE
2019 £8.28 £7.20 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90
2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70


When do I have to implement the new rates?

You must pay the correct hourly rate, depending on their age group or apprentice rate, to all employees on the first pay period following 1st April.

That is if the pay period starts before 1st April but the pay date of that period is after 1st April, the new rates should be applied to the next pay period. 

If the pay period starts after the 1st April then the new rates apply to that pay period.

NOTE. Any one pay period can be no longer than one calendar month.

What are key dates?

The national minimum wage is reviewed annually on the 1st April, however don’t forget key birthdates.

Upon reaching a key birthdate, age 18, age 20, age 21 and age 25, you should remember to change the hourly rate of pay for the employee in question. 

When do Apprentice rates apply?

Apprentices under the age of 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the apprenticeship rate. Apprentices aged 19 and above, who have completed the first year of apprenticeship are entitled to the appropriate minimum wage rate for their age. 

Don’t forget that you can find more help by downloading our handy PDF fact sheet Here or by visiting the GOV.UK website.

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