National living or minimum wage increase letter template

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This letter should be given to an employee informing them of a pay increase due to an increase in the National Minimum or Living Wage rates.

The letter specifies the new rate of pay and the dates it will be effective.

Why this letter is necessary

A National Minimum or Living wage increase letter is a document that is sent by an employer to their employees to inform them of an upcoming increase in the national minimum or living wage. This letter is typically sent out before the increase takes effect and is intended to notify employees of their new wage rate. The letter may also include information about any changes to employee benefits or policies that may accompany the wage increase.

This is an important communication tool that allows employers to inform their employees of changes to their compensation and helps ensure compliance with legislation.

Minimum wage rates can be found at

  • The National Minimum Wage Act 1998: This sets out the legal minimum hourly rates that employers must pay their workers, and the criteria for determining eligibility for the minimum wage. Employers must ensure that they are paying their employees at or above the minimum wage rate.

  • The Employment Rights Act 1996: This outlines the statutory rights that employees have with regard to pay, including the right to receive a written statement of pay and deductions.

  • The Working Time Regulations 1998: This sets out the rules on maximum weekly working hours and rest breaks, which can impact the calculation of the minimum wage.

  • The Equality Act 2010: This prohibits discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, race, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics in relation to pay and employment. Employers must ensure that any pay increases are implemented fairly and without discrimination.

  • The Employment Relations Act 1999: This sets out the requirements for informing and consulting employees on employment matters, including changes to pay and conditions. Employers must consult with their employees on any changes to the minimum wage rate and ensure that they are given notice of any upcoming increase.

  • The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015: This provides additional guidance on the calculation and payment of the minimum wage, including the treatment of tips and deductions. Employers must ensure that they are following these regulations when implementing a minimum wage increase.

Practical example

Scenario: Implementation of National Living or Minimum Wage Increase

ABC Limited, a UK-based company, prepares to implement the government-mandated increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) or National Minimum Wage (NMW) for its employees. HR Manager Sarah oversees the process to ensure compliance with legal requirements and fair treatment of employees.

Notification of Wage Increase

Sarah is aware of the upcoming increase in the NLW or NMW. She verifies the details of the increase, including the effective date and new hourly rate, and ensures that ABC Limited is prepared to implement the changes accordingly.

Assessment of Impact

Sarah assesses the impact of the wage increase on ABC Limited's workforce, considering factors such as current wage rates, employee classifications, and budgetary constraints. She analyses how the increase will affect different employee groups and departments within the organisation.

Communication Plan

Sarah develops a communication plan to inform employees about the upcoming wage increase. The plan includes clear and concise messaging about the change, its rationale, and how it will be implemented. Sarah ensures that communication channels such as email, staff meetings, and notice boards are used to reach all employees effectively.

Implementation Process

On the effective date of the wage increase, Sarah ensures that payroll systems are updated to reflect the new hourly rates for affected employees. She coordinates with the finance department to verify the accuracy of wage calculations and address any discrepancies promptly.

Monitoring and Compliance

Sarah monitors compliance with the NLW or NMW regulations following the wage increase. She conducts regular audits to ensure that all employees are paid at least the statutory minimum wage rate and addresses any non-compliance issues promptly and appropriately.

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national living or minimum wage increase letter template

[Company name]

[Sender address]



[Recipient name]

[Recipient address]


Dear [Recipient first name],


Salary increase

I'm writing to inform you that your salary will be adjusted to reflect the increase in the national [minimum | living] wage effective [date].

[choose one of the following alternatives based on the letter's intended recipient]

[Option 1 - worker aged 21 and over]

From [date], the rate of the national living wage for workers who are aged 21 or over is increasing from £[amount] to £[amount] per hour.

[Option 2 - worker aged 18 to 20]

From [date], the rate of the national minimum wage for workers who are aged 18 to 20 is increasing from £[amount] to £[amount] per hour.

[Option 3 - worker aged under 18 who is no longer of compulsory school age]

From [date], the rate of the national minimum wage for workers who are aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age is increasing from £[amount] to £[amount] per hour.

[Option 4 - apprentice aged under 19, or aged 19 and over but in the first year of his or her apprenticeship]

From [date], the rate of the national minimum wage for apprentices who are aged under 19, or aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship is increasing from £[amount] to £[amount] per hour.

[The rest of the message is applicable to all recipients]

This means that your salary will increase from [amount/amount if the employer decides to pay the worker more] to [amount/amount if the employer wishes to pay the worker more] as of [date, which shall be no later than the first pay period on or after the change date].

Your salary increase will be noted in your payslip. Your salary remains subject to the standard tax and national insurance deductions.

Please contact [name of individual] if you have any questions about your salary increase or would like more information on the national minimum wage or national living wage.

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Yours [faithfully | sincerely],



[Sender name]

[Sender job title]

[Sender telephone]
[Sender email]


[For, and on behalf of [Company name] ]

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