Draft regulations have been laid before parliament to bring the increases in the rate of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage into force on 1 April 2017. This aligns the date for all minimum wage increases going forward.
The rate increases are as follows:
- Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage): from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour
- Workers aged 21-24: from £6.95 to £7.05 per hour
- Workers aged 18-20: from £5.55 to £5.60 per hour
- Apprentices (aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship): from £3.40 to £3.50 per hour
Employers who provide workers with living accommodation may deduct a maximum of £6.40 per day from the NMW/NLW.