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National Minimum Wage 2020

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It is important for all employers to implement changes to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage from April 2020. Easily forgotten though, there is something else to do. It’s time to check the salaries on your advertised vacancies and make any necessary changes.

Among other job boards, our customers post adverts to GOV Find a Job via CVMinder ATS. It is very important to update these adverts in line with changes to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Some job boards may exclude your adverts from their search results if you don’t. Thankfully, CVMinder ATS customers can update their adverts in just one system. CVMinder ATS will update each external advert for you with its one-click MultiPost feature.

When checking and changing salaries try to review 3 areas of your CVMinder ATS advert:

  1. Salary range, expressed as the ‘from’ and ‘to’ fields
  2. Salary description field
  3. Advert body (all 3 sections)

Some employers like to state the salary and benefits within the main body of their adverts. We mention it because it’s easy to overlook this area when making changes.


The rates for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage are as follows:

Year25 +21 to 2418 to 20< 18Apprentice
Apr 2019£8.21£7.70£6.15£4.35£3.90
Apr 2020£8.72£8.20£6.45£4.55£4.15

National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage Eligibility

Across the UK, workers must be at least 16  to qualify for the National Minimum Wage. Actually, 16 is a simplification of the school leaving age. This changes by UK region and month of birth. Check out more details on the GOV website; school leaving age.

A worker must be 25 or over to qualify for the National Living Wage.

‘Worker’ is a broad term and doesn’t cover areas like volunteering or the armed services. You should be aware that workers are entitled to the correct minimum wage, even if they are:

  • workers or homeworkers paid by the number of items they make
  • trainees or workers on probation
  • foreign workers
More about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

Find out more about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage at the GOV website.

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