Minimum wage is going up by 5% – here’s how much more you’ll earn per hour

Minimum wage is going up by 5% – here’s how much more you’ll earn per hour
Workers will be in line for a pay rise in April as the National Living Wage is due to go up (Photo: Shutterstock)

New levels for the minimum wage – now known as the National Living Wage – are due to come into force next month.

The National Living Wage replaced the former National Minimum Wage in 2016, following a re-brand.

Workers were given a pay rise from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour in April last year, with another increase on the way.

The new rise means the minimum wage has risen by just over £1 from when the National Living Wage was introduced in 2016. Then, the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25 was £7.20.

How much more will I earn?

The National Living Wage is different depending on your age and if you are employed as an apprentice.

From 1 April 2019, those over 25 will see their minimum hourly rate go up to £8.21 – a rise of 38p per hour, or just under five per cent. Annually, it could see workers handed a pay rise of around £700.

For those between 21 and 24, hourly pay will rise from £7.38 to £7.70.

Workers recently out of school, between the ages of 18 and 20, will get a 25p pay rise, going from £6.90 to £7.15. Those under the age of 18 will be entitled to £4.35 per hour, compared to £4.20.

The apprentice wage (which is applicable to those under the age of 19, or apprentices over the age of 19 and in their first year of an apprenticeship) will get a 20p rise, going from £3.70 to £3.90.

After a successful first year of an apprenticeship, an apprentice is eligible for the minimum wage for their age.

Am I eligible for the National Living Wage

You are not entitled to the minimum wage if you are self-employed, a company director, or in the armed forces.

You are also not eligible if you are on an Erasmus scheme, a prisoner, or if you live and work in a religious community.

The National Living Wage is different from the real living wage, which is voluntary and not set by the government.

However it is a legal requirement to pay the minimum wage. If you believe your employers are not paying you correctly, the government recommends to contact Acas who can provide advice.

More information about the changes to the minimum wage can be found on the government website GOV.uk.