The National Living Wage Starts in April


Money News | by | 31st Mar 2016

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If you are over 25 and on the minimum wage, then you are in for a pay rise in April.

The National Minimum Wage is being replaced by the National Living Wage on Friday 1st April 2016.

For people aged 25 and over, you will now be earning £7.20 an hour.

That’s an extra 50p an hour from the current minimum wage of £6.70. You are legally entitled to this increase in pay and you can check here if you have the right to earn the National Living Wage.

If you’re under 25 then you will not be getting any more money. The current minimum wage will continue to apply to you.

(Age) // (Minimum wage per hour)

21-24 // £6.70

18-20 // £5.30

Under 18* // £3.87

Apprentice** // £3.30

* Children and young people under the school leaving age are not entitled to the minimum wage.

** This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. For all other apprentices, you are entitled to the minimum wage for your age group.

The Living Wage Foundation and the National Living Wage

You may have heard of the Living Wage Foundation. This organisation believes that in Wales (and the rest of the UK outside of London), the minimum wage should be £8.25 per hour. They campaign for this pay level and some employers do pay it, even though they do not have to.

National Living Wage Comparison Infographic

The Living Wage Foundation’s suggested pay level is £1.05 more than the UK Government’s new National Living Wage and £1.55 more than the current minimum wage. They have a new website if you want to join the campaign for a higher minimum wage.

Not got your pay rise? Call Acas…

If you cannot fix the situation by speaking to your employer then you can contact Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service). Acas have a free helpline0300 123 1100.

It is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday. They provide free, impartial, and confidential advice on things to do with employment to both workers and employers. Acas also have a big FAQs section on their website, where you might be able to find the answers you need. Have a look around our money section too.

So what will you be spending your extra wages on? Do you think it’s fair that people under 25 will not be getting a pay rise too? Let us know in the comments section below!

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FamilyPoint Cymru has a helpline if you need info or advice on family matters (including money issues) in Wales.

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We are open 6pm-10pm Monday to Thursday and 10am – 2pm Friday & Saturday.

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