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The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW), the legal minimum wage rates that must be paid to employees increased on the 1 April, with employers liable to be penalised for any failure to comply.

The new rates are:

Rate from 1 April 2018Rate from 1 April 2019
NLW for workers aged 25 and over£7.83£8.21
NMW main rate for workers aged 21-24£7.38£7.70
NMW 18-20 rate£5.90£6.15
NMW 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18£4.20£4.35
NMW apprentice rate for under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship£3.70£3.90