By Pauline Hughes, Solicitor.
This week, the Government announced the increased National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates which will come into force from April 2022.
Of particular note is that the National Living Wage will increase by 6.6% from £8.91 to £9.50 per hour. In addition, the apprentice rate shall increase by 51 pence per hour, aligning it with the rate for those aged 16 or 17.
The National Minimum Wage bandings have been amended as follows:
- For those aged 21 or 22, from £8.36 to £9.18 per hour
- For those aged 18, 19 or 20, from £6.56 to £6.83 per hour
- For those aged 16 or 17, from £4.62 to £4.81 per hour
- For apprentices*, from £4.30 to £4.81 per hour
*Apprentices are entitled to receive the apprentice rate if they are either aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
More information regarding the increase in rates can be accessed here.
If you would like to discuss these changes or any other employment law matters further, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0141 331 5150.