From 1 April 2020 the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates will be increasing. The increases in the different age categories range from 4.5% to 6.4%. These are the minimum hourly amounts that employers must pay to their employees. The current and new rates are below.

The apprentice rate only applies to apprentices who are either
• Under 19 or
• Over 19 but still in their first year of apprenticeship

Apprentices that are over 19 and have completed their first year of apprenticeship receive the rate applicable to their age. 

This change will take effect for the first pay period starting on or after 1 April 2020. Where an employee reaches an age that would result in a change of rate, the change takes effect for the first pay period starting after the relevant birthday. 

All employees are entitled to these wage rates, including part-time workers, anyone working through agencies and those with disabilities. Where an employee is in a job where they regularly receive tips from customers, those are not considered part of pay for calculating whether these rates have been paid. 

Free help and advice on whether you are receiving the correct amount can be obtained on the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1100. 

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