The Government has announced the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) which will come into force from April 2023. In doing so, it has accepted in full the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.
The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £10.42 from 1 April 2023, an increase of 92 pence or 9.7 per cent.
The rates which will apply from 1 April 2023 are as follows:
|Rate from April 2023||Annual Increase (£)||Annual Increase (%)|
|National Living Wage||£10.42||0.92||9.7|
|21-22 year old rate||£10.18||1.00||10.9|
|18/20 year old rate||£7.49||0.66||9.7|
|16-17 year old rate||£5.28||0.47||9.7|
Bryan Sanderson, Low Pay Commission Chair, said about these changes:
"The rates announced today include the largest increase to the NLW since its introduction in 2016 and will provide a much-needed pay increase to millions of low-paid workers across the UK, all of whom will be feeling the effects of a sharply rising cost of living. For a full-time worker, today’s increase means nearly £150 more per month."
"The tightness of the labour market and historically high vacancy rates give us confidence that the economy will be able to absorb these increases."
"Businesses also have to navigate these economically uncertain times and by ensuring we remain on the path to achieve our 2024 target, employers will have greater certainty over the forward path."
These recommendations have the full support of the business, trade union and academic representatives who make up the Commission.
Alongside the NLW, the Commission recommended significant increases in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for younger workers. The 21-22 Year Old Rate will increase to £10.18, narrowing the gap with the NLW and leaving this age group on course to receive the full NLW by 2024. NMW rates for 18-20 and 16-17 year olds and apprentices will increase in line with the NLW increase of 9.7% in recognition of the tight labour market and strong demand for labour in youth-friendly sectors.