Increase in minimum wage to £9.50 per hour

Increase in minimum wage to £9.50 per hour

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

This year the two big changes are an increase to £9.50 per hour for the minimum wage and the age for receiving the minimum wage reduces from 25 years to 23 years.

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

Year 23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2022 (current rate) £9.50 £9.18 £6.83 £4.81 £4.81
April 2021 to March 2022 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30


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 2022. 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 . 

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