Careers and Employability Centre

National Minimum Wage

It's important that you're aware of the hourly rate that you're entitled to by law before you start working.

What is the National Minimum Wage?

By law, all UK employers must pay a national minimum wage to workers of school leaving age. The amount you receive will depend on your age, for example:

  • 18-20 year olds must be paid £6.15 per hour
  • 21-24 year olds must be paid £7.70 per hour
  • those aged 25+ must be paid £8.21 per hour (known as the National Living Wage)

The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage rates are reviewed once a year. The rates above are correct as of April 2019.

All paid vacancies advertised on CareerHub offer £8.21 per hour as a minimum regardless of age.

Not sure if you're being paid the National Minimum Wage? Check using the Government's National Minimum Wage calculator.

What is the Living Wage?

Not to be confused with the National Living Wage, the Living Wage is not a legal requirement but is a growing campaign in the UK that all workers should receive an even higher Living Wage.

As of November 2018, the campaign suggests that workers outside London be paid £9 per hour, with London workers receiving £10.55 per hour.

Further information is available from the Living Wage Foundation and an increasing number of employers are signing up to offer this.

Unpaid work experience

When you're looking for work experience, such as internships, you'll come across a range of opportunities, some of which will be unpaid. There is growing concern that a large number of unpaid internships are illegal. Most workers are entitled to receive at least the National Minimum Wage and therefore the majority of internships should be paid.

Unsure about whether an internship should be paid? Check it out using our unpaid internships information page.

Resources

Salary calculator

Salary Calculator - use this to work out what your take home pay will be, after tax and NI deductions. From NatWest