What is the minimum wage for 16‑year‑olds?

The National Minimum Wage is currently £4.81 for 16-year-olds.

The current minimum wage for anyone aged 16 years old is £4.81 per hour. This will increase to £5.28 from April 1st 2023.

The minimum wage is exactly that, it's the minimum you should be getting paid. However, there are lots of employers who pay 16-year-olds the same as those over 23 (also known as the National Living Wage)

Employers such as Argos, Asda & Marks & Spencer all pay 16-year-olds the same as those over 23.

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We use the responses from our community of over 400,000 workers who've told us about their jobs when they've taken the Breakroom Quiz. We include an estimated pay range for all jobs, even if the pay isn’t in the job advert you'll still have an idea of what you'll be earning. 

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*Data used in this blog post is from 5th January 2023

Published on 5 January 2023