Minimum wage to rise from October

Published by Helen Knapman on 14 March 2016.
Last updated on 14 March 2016

The minimum wage for those aged-24 and under will rise from October, the Government has announced today.

The Government says 21- to 24-year-olds in particular will receive a pay rise of up to £450 a year - the largest increase in the National Minimum Wage for eight years. 

Here’s what’s happening:


  • 21- to 24-year-olds will see the minimum wage rise by 3.7% from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour.
  • 18- to 20-year-olds will see the minimum wage rise by 4.7% from £5.30 to £5.55 an hour.
  • 16- to 17-year-olds will see the minimum wage rise by 3.4% from £3.87 to £4.00 an hour.
  • Apprentices (aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over in their first year) will see the minimum wage rise by 3% from £3.30 to £3.40 an hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age.


From April 2016, as already planned, a national living wage of £7.20 an hour will be introduced for workers aged 25 and older.

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