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Autumn Budget 2021: Pay rise for millions confirmed

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Millions of workers will get a pay rise next year after the chancellor confirmed a minimum wage hike and the end of the public sector pay freeze in the Budget.

Rishi Sunak said the National Living Wage would increase from £8.91 an hour to £9.50 from 1 April 2022.

The 59p boost represents an inflation-busting 6.6 per cent hike.

It means full-time workers will get an extra £1,000 a year, the Treasury said.

The National Living Wage is the government-mandated minimum wage for people 23 and over.

Younger workers and apprentices will also receive a pay boost as the National Minimum Wage for people aged 21-22 is going up from £8.36 to £9.18 an hour and the Apprentice Rate will rise from £4.30 to £4.81 an hour.

The chancellor also confirmed the end of the public sector pay freeze.

The year-long “pause”, which did not apply to NHS workers, was introduced as part of government efforts to balance the books during the Covid 19 crisis.

Sunak said: “With the economy firmly back on track, it’s right that nurses, teachers and all the other public sector workers who played their part during the pandemic see their wages rise.”

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