National Living Wage rises today

The National Living Wage (NLW) increases today 1 April to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK’s response to Covid-19. This rise follows recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) in the autumn. It means the rate reaches the target of 60 per cent of median earnings, originally set by the Government in 2015.

The new rate results in an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the National Living Wage. The rise means the government is projected to meet its target for the NLW to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.

The full set of rates can be seen below:

  • the National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over will increase by 6.2% to £8.72 an hour
  • the National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 to 24 is increasing by 6.5% to £8.20 an hour
  • the National Minimum Wage for those aged 18 to 20 is increasing by 4.9% to £6.45 an hour
  • the National Minimum Wage for those aged under 18 is increasing by 4.6% to £4.55 an hour
  • the rate for apprentices is increasing by 6.4% to £4.15 per hour

Bryan Sanderson, Chair of the Low Pay Commission, said:

Many of the nation’s key workers – in, for example, the care sector, agriculture, transport and retail – are low-paid, are continuing to work in very difficult conditions and will benefit from today’s increase. At the same time, the Government has introduced a comprehensive package of support for employers to lessen the impacts of these extraordinary circumstances.

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