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Minimum wage

​Minimum wage rates

You can find the minimum wage rate and trainee rates in the table below. 

​​Rate types​1 January 2022

1 November 2022​

​Minimum wage (per hour)£9.22​£10.50​
​Trainee rate year 1 (per hour)£6.91​£7.87​
​Trainee rate year 2 (per hour)£8.07​£9.19​
​Maximum weekly offset against minimum wage for accommodation£91.12​£91.12​
​Maximum weekly offset against minimum wage for accommodation and food£121.46​£121.46​
​Maximum weekly offset trainee rate for accommodation£68.34​£68.34​
​Maximum weekly offset trainee rate for accommodation and food£91.10​£91.10​













Trainee rate

As an employer you can pay a trainee rate to employees doing approved training in a new job.

The trainee rate varies on the first and second year. See the table above for the current rates.

​Approved training

Approved training has to be agreed in writing by both the employer and employee before the employee starts their new job.

The training has to have structure and objectives that relate to the employee's performance and training outcomes must be assessed and documented.

You can find more information on JACS website.

Reviewing the minimum wage

Because of COVID-19, the Employment Forum was unable to follow it's usual practice and make a recommendation about minimum wage rate increases for 2021 to 2022.

Instead, the Minister for Social Security Deputy, Judy Martin, made an Order using COVID-19 emergency legislation to set out the rates to apply from 1 January 2022.​

Dates recommended to be effective from Recommended minimum wage per hour Date of Forum's recommendationForum's minimum wage recommendation
January 2022 to 2023£10.108 September 2022 2022 to 2023 minimum wage recommendation
April 2020£8.32 October 2019 2020 minimum wage recommendation

April 2019 and

October 2019

£7.88 and

£8.02

September 2018 2019 minimum wage recommendation
April 2018£7.50September 2017 2018 minimum wage recommendation
April 2017£7.18September 2016 2017 minimum wage recommendation




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