National Living Wage & National Minimum wage



The minimum wage sets out the lowest hourly rate a worker can be paid by law. The rates are decided by the Government annually. The National Living Wage (NLW) is the lowest that anyone aged 23 and above can be legally paid an hour. The current minimum wages are:


Rate from April 2021

National Living Wage


21-22 Year Old Rate


18-20 Year Old Rate


16-17 Year Old Rate


Apprentice Rate


Accommodation Offset



The Government are taking a hard approach on employers who have underpaid workers by naming and shaming employers as a warning to other employers. Officials will scrutinise records to see that minimum wage levels are being met and the correct allowances and deductions are being made.  


Under these rules, any organisation which owes arrears of more than £500 in NMW payments to their workforces will be named. Businesses that are caught underpaying by less than £500 will be able to correct their mistakes without being named but they will still have to pay workers back and can face fines of up to 200% of the arrears.


The Government said not all underpayments were intentional, but naming employers will highlight the responsibility of all employers to abide by the law.


Employers underpaid workers in the following ways:

  • 47% wrongly deducted pay from workers' wages, including for uniform and expenses
  • 30% failed to pay workers for all the hours they worked
  • 19% paid an incorrect apprenticeship rate.


For more information, please contact our Payroll Department on 01460 68700 or email