07 April 2021

National Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage Increase - April 2021

Don't forget the National Minimum wage has increased and now includes 23 and 24 year olds at the highest rate. The government previously announced that the national living wage will increase by 2.2% in April 2021 and will be extended to 23 and 24 years. For workers aged under 23, Commissioners recommended smaller increases in recognition of the risks to youth employment which the current economic situation poses. Haines Watts offers payroll solutions bespoke to your needs to ensure you pay your staff accurately and on time every time. We can provide payroll support for 1 or 100 employees and help with work place pensions administration.

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The new rates from April 2021:

Age   Hourly rate   2021/22 Age   Hourly rate 2020/21
23+ £8.91 25+ £8.72
21 - 22 £8.36 21 - 24 £8.20
18 - 20 £6.56 18 - 20 £6.45
16 - 17 £4.62 16 - 17 £4.55
Apprentice       Rate £4.30 Apprentice Rate £4.15
Secondary Threshold NI (Director Minimum) £737.00 Secondary Threshold NI (Director Minimum)   £732.00  

You must be school leaving age, see the government guide lines on school leaving age, to get the National Minimum wage and aged 23 or over to get the National Living Wage. The government website will help you work out minimum wages for different types of work if your employees are not paid by the hour. 

There is also the Real Living Wage, and Living London wage, find out more here: https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage

In the most recent Budget the Chancellor announced the extension of the apprenticeship hiring incentive in England to September 2021 and an increase of payment to £3,000. Find out more here.

The Kick Start scheme is available for employers regarding 16 – 24 year olds – you can find out more here.