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Increase in National Minimum Wage Increase

Increase in National Minimum Wage Increase 


As a trusted accountant to many business owners, we want to bring your attention to the upcoming changes in the national minimum wage rates, which will take effect on April 1, 2024.  

Based on recommendations from the Low Pay Commission and accepted by the Government, these adjustments mark a significant milestone in ensuring fair compensation for workers across various age groups and employment statuses. 

It’s crucial for employers to be aware of these changes and to prepare accordingly. This blog aims to provide insight into the upcoming adjustments and offer guidance on navigating them effectively. 

The upcoming changes represent the largest increase in the minimum wage in cash terms to date, signalling a positive trend in pay growth across the economy. This reflects the Government’s commitment to addressing income disparities and promoting economic stability. 


Here’s a breakdown of the key changes: 

  • National Minimum Wage for 18- to 20-year-olds: Rising from £7.49 to £8.60 per hour. 
  • National Minimum Wage for under-18s: Increasing from £5.28 to £6.40 per hour. 
  • Apprentice Rate: Going up from £5.28 to £6.40 per hour. This rate applies to individuals under 19 or those over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship.
  • National Living Wage: Currently applicable to those over 23, rising from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour.
  • National Living Wage Age Threshold: It has been reduced to 21, making individuals aged 21 to 22 eligible for the National Living Wage. From April 2024, they will receive £11.44 per hour, up from £10.18 per hour. 


A summary can be found on the government website: 

With these changes in mind, employers must ensure compliance with the new minimum wage rates based on their employees’ age and employment status. This includes accurately calculating and adjusting wages as necessary to meet the revised standards. 

To prepare for the wage increase costs, reviewing your workforce and identifying which employees will be affected by the changes is advisable. This proactive approach will enable you to update payroll systems, communicate effectively with employees, and implement the new rates seamlessly. 

We offer guidance and support in navigating these changes and addressing related issues. Whether you require assistance with payroll adjustments, compliance matters, or strategic planning, please don’t hesitate to ask for personalised advice. 

The upcoming changes to the national minimum wage rates present challenges and opportunities for employers. By staying informed and proactive, businesses can adapt to these changes effectively and continue prioritising fair and equitable compensation for their employees.

If you need further assistance or have any questions about the increase in the national minimum wage, don’t hesitate to contact us. Your success is our priority, and we are here to help you navigate these changes confidently.  

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