However, both employers and workers should note that the incremental increases in both the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will come into effect on 1st April 2018, in advance of the new tax year.

The rates will be inreasing as follows:-

  • Those aged 25 and over, who are entitled to receive the NLW, will see this increase from £7.50 to £7.83;
  • Those aged between 21 and 24, who are entitled to receive the NMW, will see this increase from £7.05 to £7.38;
  • Those aged between 18 and 20, who are entitled to receive the NMW, will see this increase from £5.60 to £5.90;
  • Those aged under 18, who are entitled to receive the NMW, will see this increase from £4.05 to £4.20, and
  • For apprentices, the NMW will increase from £3.50 to £3.70.

Special rules may also apply in respect of NMW and NLW where an employer provides accommodation to its employees and/or workers.


These increases should come as no surprise to employers in particular, given the incremental increases that have occurred in recent years.

However, employers should take care to consider their policies and procedures, including their existing contracts with their employees and workers to ensure that they reflect these changes.

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