Changes To Wages: What You Need To Know

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*This is a living article and will be updated from time to time to stay up to date. This article was last updated on 4th April 2018.

The minimum wage threshold has increased again and the new rates are now below, effective from 1st April 2018.

The Current rates at the moment from 1st April 2017;

Year                April 2017 (previous rate)

25 and over             £7.50

21 to 24                   £7.05

18 to 20                   £5.60

Under 18                 £4.05

Apprentice              £3.50

From 1st April 2018 onwards, employers will need to be paying their staff who are between the ages of 21 and 24 years old a minimum of £7.38 per hour. That is a 33p per hour raise. 

The 18 to 20-year-old threshold sees the minimum wage rise by 30p, from £5.60 to £5.90 per hour at a minimum. That's a much bigger increase than we've seen in recent years.

If you're under 18 then the wages from 1st April 2018 will now be a £4.20 per hour; with just a 15p per hour increase.

The Apprentices see a 20p per hour rise to £3.70 per hour. Remember, Apprentices who are over the age of 19 are only eligible for the apprenticeship rate in the first year. After this, they will need to go up to their relevant bracket. For example, a 22-year-old apprentice will be on £3.70 per hour for the first year of the apprenticeship but then they will move to the hourly rate of £7.38 per hour. This catches out a lot of employers who might not even be aware of this so if you hire apprentices then do bear this in mind.

The new rates from 1st April 2018 are summarised below in the table. Remember, all these rates will now increase in April each year at the start of a new tax year, instead of the usual October increases.

Year                  from April 2018

25 and over             £7.83

21 to 24                   £7.38

18 to 20                   £5.90

Under 18                 £4.20

Apprentice              £3.70

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