The National Minimum Wage regulations set the lowest rates all UK workers must be paid as a minimum and this includes the National Living Wage. Following government announcements, the National Living Wage will be increased from 1 April 2023.

Important: At Coople, we don’t differentiate minimum wages based on a worker’s age. This means that all Cooplers must be paid at least the National Living Wage, regardless of age.

The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise from £9.50 to £10.42 as of 1 April 2023, which amounts to an increase of 92 pence or 9.7%.

The table below shows the current National Living Wage rate and the new rate effective from 1 April 2023:

Current rate:
since April 2022

New rate:
from April 2023

Increase in %

National Living Wage




What needs to be considered when creating a job on the Coople platform?

Hourly wages below the new National Living Wage rate cannot be selected when creating a new job with shifts on or after 1 April 2023.

What you need to do if:

  1. All of your jobs take place and end before 1 April 2023
    No action required. The current National Living Wage rates are automatically applied.

  2. Your job has shifts before and after 1 April 2023
    Action required. If you post a job at the National Living Wage rate on the Coople platform that starts before and extends beyond 31 March 2023, please split the job into two separate jobs with assignment dates for March 2023 and April 2023 (or later). This ensures that the applicable National Living Wage is applied for the respective time period. If you do not split the job, we will manually adjust the wages to the correct National Living Wage rate.

  3. All of your jobs take place on or after 1 April 2023
    No action required. The new National Living Wage rates are automatically applied.

The applicable National Living Wage rates must be strictly adhered to.

What is the difference between the National Living Wage (minimum) and recommended wages?

It’s no secret that the hourly wage is a significant part of what makes a job competitive. If you are not receiving many applications, it might be because your offered hourly wages are lower compared to similar jobs in the marketplace. A small adjustment can make a big difference.

When adding your hourly wages in the job creator on the platform, you’ll see a minimum and a recommended rate as guidance – the recommended wages help give you an idea of the standard rate for the type of Coopler you want to employ. How much you want to pay is, however, entirely up to you (provided it’s above the National Living Wage).

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