Millions of workers in receipt of minimum wage will see the amount they get paid rise.
From 1 April 2017, the rates for workers rose as following:
- 25 years and over: £7.50 per hour – up by 30p from £7.20 an hour
- 21- to 24-year-olds: £7.05 per hour – up by 10p from £6.95
- 18- to 20-year-olds: £5.60 per hour – up by 5p from £5.55 an hour
- 16- to 17-year-olds: £4.05 per hour – up by 5p from £4 an hour
- apprentices: £3.50 per hour – up by 10p from £3.40 an hour.
The new rates have been recommended by the independent Low Pay Commission.
Business Minister Margot James says: “More than 2 million workers will receive an above inflation step up in pay, with some set for a £600-a-year pay rise.
“Every worker in the UK is entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage and we are determined that they get it.”
If workers are concerned they are not being paid the correct rates or if employers need more information about the legal requirements, they can get advice from Acas.