April changes to National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage


Statutory sick pay, maternity, national living wage and national minimum wage have all changed from April.

Workers aged 21 and over (National Living Wage)

Firstly please note that the minimum age for the NLW has decreased from 23 to 21 years old.  Secondly the rate has increased to £11.44 per hour from 1st April 2024, from £10.42 per hour (£10.18 per hour for those aged 21-22 years old).

National Minimum Wage

Workers aged 18-20  the rate has increased from £7.49 to £8.60 per hour

Workers aged 16-17 the rate has increased from £5.28 to £6.40 per hour

Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship the rate has increased from £5.28 to £6.40 per hour.

Domestic workers

Previously, someone who lived with you as part of their work, such as an au-pair or carer, who didn’t pay for food or lodging and undertook work that otherwise a family member would undertake, did not have to be paid the National Minimum or Living Wage.  However, this will no longer be the case from 1 April 2024, and other arrangements will need to be made for this worker, including increasing their pay to at least NMW/NLW.  Any deductions relating to accommodation or pay must be lawful. Subject to the accommodation offset, these deductions should not make the pay fall below NMW/NLW.

Statutory family related leave

Alongside minimum wage increases, pay relating to statutory family related leave has also risen from £172.48 to £184.03, including statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and parental bereavement pay.

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory sick pay has also risen from 6 April 2024 from £109.40 to £116.75 per week, for 28 weeks.

If you have any queries about pay rates, please contact Head of Payroll, Sue Barnes – sue@castletons-accountants.co.uk

Castletons Accountants

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