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Minimum wage rates increase from April 2022

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase from 1 April 2022

Employers should be aware that all minimum wage rates increase on 1 April of each year. This includes all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate. The new minimum wage rates apply to eligible workers in Northern Ireland from 1 April 2022.

See below the new rates for 2022:

  • National Living Wage (23 years old and over) - £9.50

  • National Minimum Wage (21 to 22 years old) - £9.18

  • National Minimum Wage (18 to 20 years old) - £6.83

  • National Minimum Wage (16 - 17 years old) - £4.81

  • National Minimum Wage (apprentice rate) - £4.81

How can you ensure you are prepared for the changes?

  • Make sure you are aware of the new minimum wage rates.

  • Check who is eligible for which rate in your organisation.

  • Apply the rate through your payroll at the right time.

See all national minimum wage and national living wages here.


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