National Minimum Wage Increases

Millions of people across the UK are set to experience a pay increase from April, as the national minimum wage will rise to an extra 82p on hourly pay. Ministers have claimed that this pay increase will mean a £1000 increase in income a year for the average worker.

With the rising cost of living, especially in recent months, the crisis has revealed that workers will be paying 7% more for goods after April. Naturally, due to the recent inflations, whether this rise will be enough to cover expenses and stop people from falling into poverty has been questioned.

We have laid out everything you need to know about the increase of national minimum wage and what changes you can expect, and whom it will affect.

  • From 1 April, the hourly rate for 21-22-year-olds will rise to £9.18 an hour, up from £8.36.
  • National Living Wage for over-23s would increase to £9.50.
  • The apprentice rate will also rise, from £4.30 an hour to £4.81.

Conservative ministers had previously claimed that it would be possible to raise the national minimum wage to £10.50 an hour and make this eligible for those over 2021 by 2024.

Qualifiers for the new national minimum wage increase are:

  • Apprentices: £4.81 an hour
  • 16-17 year-olds: £4.81 an hour
  • 18-20 year-olds: £6.83 an hour
  • 21-22 year-olds: £9.18 an hour
  • 23 and over: £9.50 an hour

Current wages are struggling to keep up with the inflation rate compared to wage increases. As wages struggle to keep up with the rising cost of living, inflation will increase above 7% in 2022.

"These figures confirm working people still face a fragile recovery in the face of a growing cost of living crisis and spiralling inflation," said Pat McFadden MP, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, in response to the data.

Whilst working for employers in the Prestige Recruitment chain, you are guaranteed a worthwhile wage and often at a more desirable rate than is offered to non-contractual work. If you are concerned about the changing salaries and pay increases marketplace, contact us to discuss more.

Posted: Wed 16 Mar 2022
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