Amid widespread speculation that the minimum wage may rise next year, millions of low-wage workers are hoping for some increase in their salary packages.
But not everyone is entitled to the same minimum wage. There are different minimum wages for different age groups – and some younger workers get less than others.
So which minimum wage rate applies to your age group – and what do the different rates actually mean?
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What is the minimum wage for me?
Depending on your age, you may be entitled to a different minimum wage rate than your work colleagues.
It is important to remember that the National Living Wage does not apply to everyone. In fact, this is the minimum wage for workers aged 23 and over.
The national minimum wage applies to people between school leaving age and 23 years of age. However, there are also different rates for different age groups.
Workers 23 years of age or older must pay a minimum of £ 8.91 an hour. The minimum wage for 21-22 year olds is £ 8.36 and £ 6.56 for 18-20 year olds.
Under 18s are entitled to a minimum wage of £ 4.62 an hour and for apprentices it is £ 4.30.
Will the minimum wage rise?
Reports this week suggest the government will approve a 5% increase in the national living wage to £ 9.42 an hour.
However, it is not yet clear whether national minimum wage rates will increase in line with it.
As the minimum wage changes on April 1st every year, we can expect the new rate to take effect at that time – provided the latest reports are correct.
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