Millions of UK workers are set to receive a pay rise from April 2021 as the Government announces increase in National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.
Who gets the minimum wage?
Workers must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage. They must be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage.
Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.
Workers are also entitled to the correct minimum wage if they’re:
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the correct minimum wage for their age.
The following types of workers are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage:
New statutory pay rates published
The government has announced new statutory national minimum wage rates rom 6 April 2021. From this date, those aged 23 or over will become entitled to the statutory national living wage rate.
The new rates will be as follows:
The government has also announced that from 6 April 2021 it is proposed that statutory sick pay will be £96.35 (currently £95.85) and from 4 April 2021 statutory family leave (maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and parental bereavement pay) will be £151.97 (currently £151.20).
You can use the minimum wage calculator to check whether the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage is being paid.