Employee Wages Rising from 1st April

Updated: Jul 27

On April 1st, employee wages are increasing across the UK, with the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage rising by 6%. If you’re an employer, here’s what you need to budget for going forward.


Next month, wages are increasing for employees across the UK with an increase of between 4-6%. This increase is coming forward to ensure that minimum wage workers are receiving a living wage. According to the Low Pay Commission, nearly three million workers set to benefit from the increase.


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, said:


“We want to end low pay and put more money in to the pockets of hard working families. The latest rise will mean that since we introduced the National Living Wage in 2016, the lowest paid will have had a wage increase of more than £3,600."


If you’re an employer, this means from April you’ll need to update your payroll to ensure your employees are receiving the correct wage.


Here are the wage increases broken down


  • NLW, which is payable to all workers aged 25 and over, will rise from £8.21 to £8.72 p.h. This is a 6.2% increase

  • adult rate of the NMW, which is payable to all workers who are aged 21 to 24 years old, will rise from £7.72 to £8.20 p.h. This is a 6.5% increase

  • youth development rate, which is payable to all workers who are aged 18 to 20 years old, will rise from £6.15 to £6.45 p.h . This is a 4.9% increase

  • young workers rate, which is payable to workers aged under 18 will rise from £4.35 to £4.55 p.h. This is a 4.6% increase

  • apprentice rate will rise from £3.90 to £4.15 p.h. This is a 6.4% increase.


If you’re a Chesterton House client, we have already updated your payroll to fall in line with the changes. If you’re a business owner, why not give us a call today to see if we can help you do the same?



Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-pay-rise-for-28-million-people

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