By Paula Fisher
November 24th 2022
In the Autumn statement on 17th November 2022, the first under new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, it was confirmed that the National Living Wage (NLW), paid to those aged 23 and over, will rise to £10.42 from 1st April 2023, as recommended by the Low Pay Commission. This is an increase of 9.7 %, the largest ever increase to the NLW, and ensures that the NLW continues on track to reach the Government’s target of two-thirds of median earnings by 2024.
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 also increase in line with the NLW increase of 9.7% to £7.49 and £5.28 respectively, in recognition of the tight labour market and strong demand for labour in youth-friendly sectors. The Accommodation Offset rate will also increase to £9.10
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