National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on an employee's age and whether they are an apprentice.

Employees must be at least:

  • school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage

  • aged 21 or over to get the National Living Wage


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19

  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship


Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they:

  • are aged 19 or over and

  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship



Rates effective from 1st April 2024

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April:




Amending a Global Hourly Rate in BrightPay when the Minimum Wage changes

For hourly rates that have been set up at employer level in BrightPay, simply amend the rate in the 'Employer' utility > 'Hourly Rates'.

Any amendment made here, will automatically update all employees currently assigned to that hourly rate.

For assistance with setting up global hourly rates, click here.

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