April 2024 Changes to the National Minimum Wage come in to force

In April 2024, the changes to the National Minimum Wage announced in November 2023 will come into force. Employers should ensure that they are aware of these rates and have checked that all employees remain above the new rates.

There will also be another significant change, that the minimum age for the National Living Wage has decreased to 21.

The new rates from 1 April 2024 will be as follows:

  • National Living Wage – £11.44 per hour.
  • 18 to 20 year olds – £8.60 per hour.
  • 16 to 17 year olds – £6.40 per hour.
  • Apprentices – £6.40 per hour.
  • Accommodation offset – £9.99 per hour.

A significant change included with the above is that the age at which the National Living Wage applies has been reduced from 23 to 21. Therefore, for any employees aged 21 or over, the above National Living Wage must now apply.

The changes soon take effect in April 2024. Any employers who do not pay their employees at the required rate risk claims from their employees, and therefore employer must remain aware of these rates. This applies both to employers paying employees based on hourly wages, but also annual salaries should be checked against working hours to ensure that the rate of pay does not fall below the required rates.

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