Learn about the minimum wage in the UK thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.
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The National Minimum Wage in the United Kingdom is determined on an hourly basis, and varies by age:
There are no regional variations for the United Kingdom minimum wage. The applicable rate of the National Minimum Wage for each age group applies nationally.
The National Living Wage has increased from £7.50 for the highest rate in April 2017 to £9.50 per hour in April 2022. Before 1 April 2021, the 21-22 band was for ages 21-24 and the highest rate applied to those aged 25 and over. This was changed in 2021 and the highest rate now applies to age 23 and over.
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The UK ranks as having the eighth highest minimum wage in the world, below than France, Germany and Belgium, but above Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.
No, all workers in the UK must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
The median full-time annual salary is approximately £31,461, and the minimum wage is £18,525 annually (based on the National Living Wage of £9.50 per hour for age 23 and over, and a standard 37.5 hour working week).
Minimum wage in the UK tends to apply to low skilled jobs. Skilled employees command much higher rates, with the exact amount dependent on the industry and skill required
Most workers are entitled to the minimum wage in the UK, but certain categories of workers are not. These include:
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