Increase in Minimum Wage to £8.72

Increase in Minimum Wage to £8.72

*Please note the information in this article may be out of date

The Minimum wage rate increases each April. What you are entitled to depends on your age and if you are an apprentice.

You must also be of school leaving age to receive the minimum wage rate.

Year25 and over21 to 2418 to 20Under 18Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15
April 2019 to March 2020 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35



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

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

The new rate comes into effect from the first full pay period beginning on or after 1 April 2020. If you are paid weekly, from Mon to Sun, then your hourly rate will increase from next Mon. For this week you will remain on the old rate . 

For more on the Minimum Wage, go to