National Minimum Wage

An employer must pay their workers a minimum amount as defined by law. This is called the National Minimum Wage.

How much am I entitled to?

There are different levels for the National Minimum Wage, which depend on your age and whether you are an apprentice.

National Minimum Wage Rates from April 2023

  • £5.28 for an apprentice
  • £5.28 for under 18s
  • £7.49 for 18-20 year olds
  • £10.18 for 21-22 year olds
  • £10.42 for 23+ (referred to as the ‘national living wage’)

Living Wage in Scotland

The Living Wage in Scotland is £10.90 an hour for everyone. This differs from the Minimum Wage, which can sometimes be referred to as the ‘National Living Wage’.

The Living Wage in Scotland is a voluntary rate, which is independently calculated, that rises every year in November. 

If you work for an accredited Living Wage employer you should receive the Living Wage if you are 18 and over.

Find out more information on the Scottish Living Wage website.

Not getting the wage you should be?

Don’t miss out on being paid fairly – check to see if your pay matches the National Minimum Wage or if your employer owes you payments from past years on the website.

If you are being paid less than the National Minimum Wage, talk to your employer if you are comfortable doing so.  Otherwise, phone the confidential Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100 and a team member will support you in securing the money you are owed.

You can also discuss your situation with your local Citizens Advice Bureau. You’ll find your nearest office on their website or by calling Citizens Advice Scotland Advice Line on 0844 848 9600.

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