National Living Wage


The National Living Wage increased by 4.9% in April 2019 – All employers must pay at least the National Living Wage to all employees or workers who are 25 years old or over. There are separate rates (National Minimum Wage) for younger employees or workers.

The current National Living Wage is set at £7.83 per hour, this increased in April 2019 to £8.21, all other increases are shown in the table below;

National Minimum Wage for 2019/20

Age                      2018            2019
21-24                  £7.38           £7.70
18-20                  £5.90          £6.15
Under 18            £4.20           £4.35
Apprentices       £3.70           £3.90

N.B the apprentice rate is for apprentices under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship, otherwise normal rates apply.

If you think you may not be getting the wage you are entitled to, call the experts at Alpha Law on 0115 856 1625 to find out what your rights are.

You should remember that these rates are not discretionary, your employer must pay at least these rates or they can face serious fines or naming and shaming.  If you are in the hospitality industry or anywhere else that tips are provided, your employer is not allowed to count the tips towards the National Living or National Minimum Wage.

To make it easier to see how your pay has been made up, your employer must also provide an itemised payslip which shows the hours worked and amount paid. Everyone that works is entitled to a payslip whether they are employees or workers. If you are not sure about whether you are an employee or a worker, you can check by clicking here and looking at the Government website which explains the difference – or you can call us at the number above.

More information on the National Living Wage can be found by clicking here