The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission as regards the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply with effect from 1 April 2021:
- The NLW will increase from £8.72 to £8.91 per hour, and will apply to those aged 23 or over, rather than those aged 25 or over as at present;
- The NMW for 21- and 22-year-olds will increase from £8.20 to £8.36 per hour;
- The NMW for 18- to 20-year-olds will increase from £6.45 to £6.56 per hour;
- The NMW for 16- and 17-year-olds will increase from £4.55 to £4.62 per hour; and
- The apprentice rate of the NMW, which applies to apprentices aged under 19 or those aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase from £4.15 to £4.30 per hour.
The accommodation offset will increase from £8.20 to £8.36 per day for each day during the pay period that accommodation is provided.