National Living Wage increase

22 November 2023

The government has announced that the National Living Wage and minimum wage are set to increase from 1 April 2024. The current rate is £10.42 per hour and this will go up by £1.02 to £11.44 per hour.

The rate for 18 – 20 year olds will go up by £1.11 to £8.60.

The rate is extended to apply for the first time to those aged 21 and over as it applies to workers 23 and over currently. Employee aged 21 and 22 will see an uplift of over 12%.

The effect of this is to further compress the National Joint Council (NJC) Green Book pay scales. As per the recently agreed pay settlement the minimum SCP 2 is currently £11.62 per hour and for clerks at SCP 5 it is £12.21 per hour, just 77 pence ahead of the minimum.

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