When a worker turns age 25, is he or she entitled to be paid the national living wage rate from the date of his or her birthday?

The national living wage is the new statutory minimum wage rate for workers aged 25 and over, which is in force from 1 April 2016. The rate of the national living wage is initially set at £7.20 per hour.

The rate at which a worker must be paid during a pay reference period is the rate that applies on the first day of that period, so a worker is entitled to be paid at the national living wage rate from the start of the first pay reference period that begins on or after his or her 25th birthday.

For example, if an employer's payroll period begins on the 10th of each month, a worker whose 25th birthday falls on 25 May will be entitled to be paid at the national living wage rate from 10 June, the first pay reference period following his or her 25th birthday.