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National minimum wage rates from April 2018

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will rise from 1 April 2018.

Eligible workers aged 25 and over who are not in their first year of an apprenticeship will be entitled to the new national living wage rate of £7.83.

Those aged 21-24 will see their hourly wage rise to £7.38.

Apprentices will benefit from a record rise of 5.7%, according to the government, with the hourly apprentice rate increasing to £3.70.

The apprentice rate applies to those aged 16-18 and 19 or over in their first year.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2017 £7.50  £7.05 £5.60  £4.05  £3.50 
From 1 April 2018 £7.83  £7.38  £5.90  £4.20  £3.70 

This comes after the government 'named and shamed' 179 employers for failing to pay their workers the minimum wage, charging fines of £1.3 million in total.

Andrew Griffiths, business minister, said:

"There are no excuses for short-changing workers.

"This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught - not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed."

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