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UK minimum wage increase

As of 1st April 2021 the UK national minimum wage has risen by 2.2% to £8.91.

This is welcoming news after a somewhat difficult year for many. However, those furlough workers will see no rise in wage and will continue to receive 80% of their usual income and won’t benefit from the increase until they return to work. This is hard news to receive after a year of turmoil for a lot of employees working in the hospitality sector. However, after recent easing of restrictions, many may return to work soon. 

Individuals working in retail and hospitality will be the ones who will benefit the most from the salary increase, although perhaps not immediately.

What are the pay increases?

The pay increases are as follows:

  • From £8.72 to £8.91 an hour for workers over the age of 23
  • From £8.20 to £8.36 for those aged 21-22
  • From £6.45 to £6.56 for 18 to 20-year-olds
  • From £4.55 to £4.62 for under-18s
  • From £4.15 to £4.30 for apprentices

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The information provided does not amount to legal advice.