National minimum wage in the United Kingdom 1999-2020

In 2020 the the national minimum wage for adults over the age of 25 in the United Kingdom will rise to 8.72. This marked an increase of 1.62 British pounds since 2016, when the minimum wage for this age group was introduced. As of 2020, there are five minimum wage categories, four of which are based on age and one for apprentice workers.

Lower minimum wage for younger workers
The minimum wage received by workers in the United Kingdom is based on how old they are. Workers aged between 18 and 20 years old had a minimum wage of 6.15 British pounds in 2019, while workers under the age of 18 can expect to earn a minimum wage of just 4.35 British pound in 2019.

National Living wage
The national living wage is the name given to the minimum wage for workers over the age of 25, and as of 2019 was 8.21 British pounds per hour. The difference between the national living wage and national minimum wage is currently 51 pence, but this gap is expected to grow soon, with a gap of almost o pound emerging by 2023.    

National minimum wage in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1999 to 2020, by wage category

ApprenticeUnder 1818-2021-2425 and over21 and over*18 to 21*22 and over*
20204.154.556.458.28.72---
20193.94.356.157.78.21---
20183.74.25.97.387.83---
20173.54.055.67.057.5---
20163.43.875.36.77.2---
20153.33.875.3--6.7--
20142.733.795.13--6.5--
20132.683.725.03--6.31--
20122.653.684.98--6.19--
20112.63.684.98--6.08--
20102.53.644.92--5.93--
2009-3.57----4.835.8
2008-3.53----4.775.73
2007-3.4----4.65.52
2006-3.3----4.455.35
2005-3----4.255.05
2004-3----4.14.85
2003------3.84.5
2002------3.54.2
2001------3.54.1
2000------3.23.7
1999------33.6
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1999 to 2020

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Discontinued

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