National minimum wage
National minimum wage

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • National minimum wage
  • Eligibility
  • The minimum hourly rate
  • Agricultural workers
  • Apprentices
  • Calculating the hourly rate
  • Checking pay against the minimum
  • Relevance of the provision of living accommodation
  • Hours worked for national minimum wage purposes
  • Salaried hours work
  • more

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The new rates for the national minimum wage which will be effective from April 2020 have been confirmed by the government. They are £8.72 for workers aged 25 and above, £8.20 for 21- –24-year-olds, £6.45 for 18- –20-year-olds, £4.55 for under 18s and £4.15 for apprentices, and are set out in the DRAFT National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2020. For more information, see: LNB News 02/01/2020 6 and LNB News 28/01/2020 10.
FORTHCOMING CHANGE: Regulations to amend the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 in order to reduce burdens on businesses employing salaried hours workers (ie those paid an annual salary in equal instalments) from complying with the NMW rules have been published in DRAFT form. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment (No 2) Regulations 2020 are due to come into force on 6 April 2020. For further information, see: LNB News 12/02/2020 5 and LNB News 12/02/2020 33.

Statute guarantees a minimum hourly rate of pay to almost all adult workers.


Most 'workers' who work in the UK are entitled to be paid the minimum wage. A person qualifies for the national minimum wage if they:

  1. are a worker (see Practice Note: Worker status—Definition of 'worker')

  2. who works, or ordinarily works, in