Minimum Wage Rates Due to Increase

21 January 2019

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates are expected to increase as of April 2019.

Why does it matter?

The National Living Wage (applicable for workers aged 25 and over) will increase by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 with effect from 1 April 2019. NMW rates for workers under 25 will increase above inflation and average earnings. The NMW increases are smaller than those recommended, this is due to the comparatively weaker labour market conditions for young people over the past year. Obviously increased NMW means higher costs of production for businesses. However, a less obvious outcome we anticipate is a likely increase in wages of more qualified workers in order to maintain wage differentials.

Year 25 and Over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 (Current Rate) £7.83 £7.38  £5.90  £4.20  £3.70
April 2019 £8.21  £7.70  £6.15  £4.35  £3.90


What action should you take?

Ensure that there is a plan in place for how best to deal with the higher costs of production.

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