National Living Wage to Increase Nearly 5% from April 2019

Increases to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage will come into effect from 1st April 2019. Those aged 25 and over are to receive an increase of 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour.

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
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

You must be at least:

· school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage

· aged 25 to get the National Living Wage – the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under

Who gets the minimum wage

Workers must be at least school leaving age (last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16) 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:

· part-time

· casual labourers, for example someone hired for one day

· agency workers

· workers and homeworkers paid by the number of items they make

· apprentices

· trainees, workers on probation

· disabled workers

· agricultural workers

· foreign workers

· seafarers

· offshore workers

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

· under 19

· 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the correct minimum wage for their age.

Not entitled to the minimum wage

The following types of workers are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage:

· self-employed people running their own business

· company directors

· volunteers or voluntary workers

· workers on a government employment programme, such as the Work Programme

· members of the armed forces

· family members of the employer living in the employer’s home

· non-family members living in the employer’s home who share in the work and leisure activities, are treated as one of the family and are not charged for meals or accommodation, for example au pairs

· workers younger than school leaving age (usually 16)

· higher and further education students on a work placement up to 1 year

· workers on government pre-apprenticeships schemes

· people on the following European Union programmes: Leonardo da Vinci, Youth in Action, Erasmus, Comenius

· people working on a Jobcentre Plus Work trial for 6 weeks

· share fishermen

· prisoners

· people living and working in a religious community

Work experience and internships

You will not get the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage if you’re:

· a student doing work experience as part of a higher or further education course

· of compulsory school age

· a volunteer or doing voluntary work

· on a government or European programme

· work shadowing

Voluntary work

You’re classed as doing voluntary work if you can only get certain limited benefits (for example reasonable travel or lunch expenses) and you’re working for a:

· charity

· voluntary organisation or associated fund-raising body

· statutory body

 


 

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