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New Living Wage

The national living wage came into effect on 1 April 2016. Has your organisation applied the rate changes?

The national minimum wage is set as an hourly rate. The rate a worker is entitled to depends on age. There is also an apprentice minimum wage. Up until 31 March 2016, the highest rate applied to workers aged 21 years or over, and was £6.70 per hour.

From 1 April 2016, the rate of £7.20 per hour – the national living wage – is now effective for workers aged 25 and over. Workers under age 25 (but 21 or over) will continue to be entitled to a minimum of £6.70 per hour.

It should be noted that benefits in kind do not count towards the national minimum wage, but an offset is given for accommodation included with a job.