National Minimum Wage rates set to increase


The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have been published which increase the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage from 1 April 2017.


The National Living Wage (for all working people aged 25 and over) will increase from £7.20 to £7.50.

The National Minimum Wage will increase to:

  • £7.05 for staff aged 21 years or over;
  • £5.60 for staff aged 18 years or over (but not yet 21);
  • £4.05 for staff under 18 years; and 
  • £3.50 for staff to whom the apprenticeship rate applies.

The regulations are expected to come into force on 1 April 2017.


Graham Irons comments: "Employers should review their wage structure and check their payroll systems to ensure that staff receiving minimum wage are paid the correct rate from April."