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Low Pay Commission Report 2021

the Low pay commission 2021 report

This report sets out the full analysis and evidence underpinning the LPC’s recommendations on minimum wage rates for 2022.


Low Pay Commission Report 2021

Ref: CP 565PDF, 3.73 MB, 294 pages Order a copy

Data tables for the LPC’s 2021 Report

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 805 KB

Minimum wage in 2021 coverage by local authority, region and nation

MS Excel Spreadsheet, 46.4 KB


The Low Pay Commission’s 2021 report on the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) sets out the evidence underpinning our recommendations on the rates to apply from 1 April 2022. These recommendations were accepted in full by the Government and the 2022 rates were announced on 27 October 2021.

Alongside the annual report, we are publishing the research we commissioned in 2021 which informed this year’s recommendations.

Read the LPC’s 2021 summary of findings and recommendations letter to Government.

The minimum wage rates which will apply from April 2022 are:

Rate from April 2021Rate from April 2022Increase
National Living Wage£8.91£9.506.6%
21-22 Year Old Rate£8.36£9.189.8%
18-20 Year Old Rate£6.56£6.834.1%
16-17 Year Old Rate£4.62£4.814.1%
Apprentice Rate£4.30£4.8111.9%
Accommodation Offset£8.36£8.704.1%

Published 9 December 2021
Last updated 12 January 2022 – hide all updates

  1. 12 January 2022 New copy of data tables uploaded with an additional table (5.5a).
  2. 9 December 2021 First published.

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