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Useful Minimum Wage Information

To help you with your payroll queries and to answer any questions that you or your employees may have, please use the information and links below. If you can't find what you are looking for please give us a call, we are always happy to help.


Current National Minimum Wage rates

There are different levels of NMW, depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice. The current rates are:

  • £6.70 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over 
  • £5.30 - the rate for workers aged between 18 and 20
  • £3.87 - the rate for workers under the age of 18
  • £3.30 - the apprentice rate, for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in the first year. All other appentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.


Please note:

  • Vanilla Payroll will not be responsible for automatically updating any employee rates during the year when employees turn 16, 18 or 21 years old.
  • It is our client’s responsibility to inform us of any revised rates of pay due to the above changes.
  • Any rate change should be sent via email confirming the employee name, new hourly rate and the effective date.