The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are set by the Government and are subject to periodical variation. The rates are now generally updated from 1 April each year. The National Living Wage (NLW) is increased to £8.72 per hour from 1 April 2020 and applies to workers aged 25 and over. For periods from April 2019 to April 2020, the NLW was set at £8.21 per hour. From April 2021, the National Living Wage will be £8.91 per hour.

Workers under the age of 25 must be paid the NMW appropriate to their age. From April 2021, workers aged 23 and over will be entitled to the NLW.

This topic explains how employers should determine the NMW and NLW, advises how to keep NMW and NLW records and the consequences of not doing so and also explains the provision of living accommodation and NMW.

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