The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 1 February 2017 and propose to increase rates including the standard adult rate, apprenticeship rate and accommodation offset limit of the National Minimum Wage on 1 April 2017.

National Living Wage

The NLW applies to workers aged 25 and over and is proposed to increase to £7.50 per hour from the current rate of £7.20 per hour.

National Minimum Wage

The following changes to the NMW hourly rates are proposed:

  • The standard adult rate for workers aged 21 to 24 increases from £6.95 to £7.05
  • The development rate for workers aged 18 to 20 increases from £5.55 to £5.60
  • The young workers rate for non-apprentices aged under 18 but above compulsory school age increases from £4.00 to £4.05
  • The apprenticeship rate for apprentices aged under 19 and those aged 19 and over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship increases from £3.40 to £3.50.

The government is moving towards a national minimum wage of £9 per hour for over 25s by 2020.

Read the information on who is entitled to the minimum wage here.

Employers should ensure that their payroll systems are updated to take account of the new rates. For more information or if you have any questions regarding the National Minimum Wage, please contact a member of our specialist employment law team on 01792 468684 or email

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