Excellent news for the hard-working members of the UK’s labour force, as minimum-wage earners are expected to see a notable increase in their pay this year. From April 1st, the national living wage (NLW) and the national minimum wage (NMW) 2023 rates will be as follows:

NLW and NMW 2023 Rates

The national living wage for low-paid workers aged 23 years old and above will rise by almost 10% to £10.42 from NLW 2022’s £9.50. The government’s announcement came amidst an ongoing increase in the prices of utilities and basic commodities. While UK inflation slowed down in December 2022, experts said rising commodity goods and energy prices continue to push the cost of living higher.

Other UK statutory rates are also expected to increase starting April 2023. Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental, and parental bereavement rates will rise by £172.48 per week. Meanwhile, the statutory sick pay or SSP rate will increase to £109.40 per week.

This is good news for minimum-wage earners, as the increase in the NLW will help protect their living standards.

A Steady Increase in UK Minimum Wage

Despite the economic challenges brought about by BREXIT and the COVID-19 pandemic, the last few years saw a slight yet steady increase in minimum living wage in the UK. Take a look at the tables below to view the NLW and NMW rates for 2022 and 2021.

NMW and NLW 2022

NMW and NLW 2022

NMW and NLW 2021

NMW and NLW 2021


Ensure Your Staff Are Paid Accordingly

Keeping yourself updated with the latest wage guidelines helps ensure that your employees and sub-contractors are always paid correctly and on time. Please refer to the latest NMW and NLW rates above when calculating your staff’s pay to ensure compliance. 

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