Minimum Wages Changes

Monday April 3rd 2023

From 1 April 2023 the minimum amount you can pay your employees has changed.

See the table below that shows the current minimum wage rates:

Age Minimum Wage Rates from 1 April 2023
23 years old and over £10.42
21-22 years old £10.18
18-20 years old £7.49
16-17 years old £5.28
Apprentices £5.28*

*Apprentices under the age of 19 years old or aged 19 years old or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £5.28 per hour (this rate does not apply to Higher Level Apprenticeships).

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are aged 19 years or over and have completed the first year of their apprenticeship.


The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage in the UK apply to workers in Northern Ireland. These minimum wage rates are the hourly rate that workers should be paid by their employers depending on their age or whether they are an apprentice.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates change every April. The current minimum wage rates are in effect from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.



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