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The National Living Wage is on the rise!

The Government’s National Living Wage was introduced on the 1st April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over.

The rate will change every April starting April 2017. Most workers over school leaving age will be entitled to receive the National Living Wage.


From 1st April 2017 the rates will be increased to:

  • £7.50 per hour – 25 years and older
  • £7.05 per hour – 21-24 years old
  • £5.60 per hour – 18/20 years old
  • £4.05 per hour – 16-17 years old
  • £3.05 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

The new pay rate will only affect someone’s pay from the first full pay reference period after that date.


Exemptions include:

  • Self-employed people,
  • Volunteers or voluntary workers,
  • Company directors,
  • Family members or people who live in the family home of the employer who undertake household tasks.



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