The minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice.

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage rates

There are different levels of National Minimum Wage (NMW), depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice.  If you’re aged 25 and over, you’ll get the National Living Wage (NLW). The hourly rates change every April.

The current minimum wage rates and the rates from April 2018 are:

Age  Current rate Rates from April 2018
25 and over £7.50 £7.83
21 to 24 £7.05 £7.38
18 to 20 £5.60 £5.90
Under 18 £4.05 £4.20
Apprentice* £3.50 £3.70


*If under 19 or in first year of apprenticeship (otherwise refer to age bands). The apprenticeship rate does not apply to Higher Level Apprenticeships.

Further information on National Living and National Minimum Wage rates can be viewed at this link:

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates