National Minimum Wage increases from 1 April 2018
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are increasing from 1 April 2018.
The industry wage rates set by the Joint Council for the Building & Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland) remain greater than the increased NMW with the exception of a new entrant aged 25 and over. In this scenario the new entrant should be paid the NLW of £7.83 per hour from 1 April 2018.
In the majority of cases the industry wage rates for apprentices also exceed the NMW. However if the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage is higher than the agreed wage rate then the NMW/NLW rate applies. From 1 April 2018 this will apply to apprentices in the “after 12 months” category depending on their age.
Link to detailed information on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates.