National Minimum/Living Wage (NMW/NLW) Changes 2023

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National Minimum/Living Wage (NMW/NLW) Changes 2023

Key Contact: Claire Knowles & Juliette Franklin

Author: Juliette Franklin

The UK Government has announced changes to National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) coming into effect from April 2023. 

From 1 April 2023 the following increases in rates:

  • a 92p, or 9.7%, increase to the NLW for those aged 23 and over (from £9.50 to £10.42 per hour)
  • a £1, or 10.9%, increase for those aged 21–22 (from £9.18 to £10.18 per hour). (This increase is intended to narrow the gap with the NLW and put this age group on course to receive the full NLW by 2024)
  • a 66p, or 9.7%, increase for those aged 18–20 (from £6.83 to £7.49 per hour)
  • a 47p, or 9.7%, increase for those aged 16–17 (from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour), and
  • a 47p increase in the apprentice rate (from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour).

These latest changes will provide much-needed support for low-paid workers at a time when many are feeling increased pressure from a rising cost of living.

Complying with national minimum wage obligations can be complicated and it is important that businesses take advice when making deductions to a worker’s pay and when a worker incurs expenses in connection with their employment. If you require any assistance or support, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our employment team.

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