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Why you could be getting a pay rise from April 1

How the increase in the minimum and living wage could make you better off

Many workers could find themselves better off from April(Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Workers in Chester and Ellesmere Port could be better off from next month.

The minimum wage and the living wage will rise on April 1, in line with Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget.

Changes will mean a 4% pay rise for workers 25 and over - this means if you work full time, doing a 38-hour week, you will be £500 better off over a year.

For those aged 25 and over the hourly rate will increase from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour.

To find out how your pay packet will be affected here's what you need to know.

What's the difference between the minimum wage and the living wage?

When it comes to the topic of wage increases the minimum wage and the living wage are two terms that continue to bemuse employees and employers alike.

In a nutshell here's what the difference is. . .

The minimum wage is the minimum pay per hour workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on a person's age. If you are an apprentice the rate is different. (see below).

Workers must be at least school leaving age to get the minimum wage.

The rates are reviewed by the government each year.

The living wage is only applicable to workers 25 and over, it is the same as the minimum wage but is only geared to people within this age bracket.

It was launched in 2015 under the former Chancellor George Osborne and it was rolled out in April 2016.

The living wage represents the government’s aim of raising the wages of those aged 25 and over to £9 an hour by 2020.

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What are the changes to the living wage and the minimum wage in April 2017?

Both the living wage and the minimum wage will be increasing.

The rates from 1 April 2017 will be:

  • £7.50 per hour - aged 25 and over
  • £7.05 per hour - aged 21-24
  • £5.60 per hour - aged 18-20
  • £4.05 per hour - aged 16-17
  • £3.50 for apprentices under 19. And those 19 and over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

When will the changes come into force?

According to the Daily Mirror the changes are set to go live on April 6.

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