What is the national minimum wage for 2022?

What is the national minimum wage for 2022?

May 18, 2022

MILLIONS of workers received a pay boost after the National Minimum Wage gone up this year – but your rate depends on how old you are.

Here are the new rates from April 1, 2022, and how much you'll gain because of the minimum wage rise.

 

The minimum wage rate is decided by the government each year based on recommendations by the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

Companies are named and shamed if they don't pay the basic amount required by the law.

So who qualify for the National Minimum wage and what is the rate in 2022? We explain all you need to know.

What is the National Minimum Wage?

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour for workers under the age of 23.

The National Living Wage, which is the minimum wage for those over 23, is slightly higher.

But both are different from the Real Living Wage – a voluntary minimum that some employers commit to paying, which is currently £9.90 or £11.05 in London.

The first National Minimum Wage was set in 1998 by the Labour government.

Before that no official rate existed, although trade unions battled hard to fight their members' corner.

What are the National Minimum Wage rates?

The National Minimum Wage is currently the amount workers under 23 (but of school-leaving age) are entitled to.

Exactly what you'll get depends on how old you are.

Here's the new rates for 2022/23: 

  • Those aged 21-22 get at least £9.18 an hour
  • For 18- to 20-year-olds, the minimum wage is £6.83 an hour
  • Under-18s are entitled to a minimum of £4.81 an hour
  • The apprenticeship wage is £4.81.

Meanwhile, the National Living Wage – which is the minimum wage for those aged 23 and over – has risen to £9.50 since April 2022.

It means two million workers received a £1,000 annual increase for a 35-hour week when the new rate kicked in.

Who gets the National Minimum Wage and am I entitled?

To qualify for the National Minimum wage you have to be of school leaving age, which is usually above 16.

You are eligible to receive the pay rate if you work full-time, part-time or as a casual labourer, for example someone hired for one day.

You are also entitled to the National Minimum Wage if you are an agency worker or someone paid by the number of items you make.

Apprentices qualify for a National Minimum Wage, as well as trainees and staff still in their probationary period.

The rates also apply to disabled workers.

Anyone who thinks they are not getting paid fairly should raise the issue with their employer in the first instance.

If this is not effective, the next step is to file a complaint on the government's website.

Employers who do not pay the minimum wage can be publicly "named and shamed".

Those who blatantly fail to comply are also at risk of facing a criminal prosecution.

Which workers do not qualify for the National Minimum Wage?

Those who are self-employed, voluntary workers, company directors and family members who live in the home of the employer and do household chores do not qualify for the minimum wage.

Au pairs, members of the armed forces and people on a government employment programme are also not entitled to the payment.

Meanwhile, wages are set to rise on average by 3% this year, the highest in a decade but it is lower than soaring inflation figures.

Here is a full list of the jobs where you can get the best pay rises including door supervisor and line cook.

Plus, the latest consumer price index rose to 9% in April – up from 7% in March and the highest level since 1982.

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