Minimum Wage To Increase From 01 July 2024

On 01 July 2024 the minimum wage will increase. It will rise from £3.65 per hour to £4.00 per hour for an adult aged 18 and above, and from £2.70 per hour to £3.05 per hour for those aged 16 and 17 years old.

This increase is in line with the Minimum Wage Policy of 2021. This policy sets out the principles for establishing a longer-term path to a more ambitious Minimum Wage, benefitting workers and providing adequate time for businesses to plan and adapt. The Minimum Wage Policy is available on the SHG website at

The proposed increases in the Minimum Wage between 2022 and 2025 are detailed below.

FYProposed Hourly IncreaseHourly Minimum Wage (18+)Hourly Minimum Wage (16-17)

The above schedule for increases was informed by the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) work of 2020. The MIS is the income level needed for a minimum socially acceptable standard of living that provides more than what is just needed for survival. It supports social participation and recognises that choice is important, but also that choice cannot be unlimited.

In 2022 the MIS identified rates of between £4.92 and £6.09 per hour per adult for a family with two adults and two children dependent on living circumstances, whether in Government Landlord Housing or with a mortgage, and whether or not the family was running a car.

Although a target minimum wage level and timetable were published in 2021, when determining whether to increase the minimum wage, consideration is also given to the cost of living pressures on both employees and employers. The Minimum Wage Policy recognises that there is a limit to the size of increases that businesses can absorb in a single year, whilst at the same time establishing a clear pathway for raising the minimum income level in St Helena. The target Minimum Wage level for 2024/25 was therefore set and approved at £4.00 per hour.

The changes being introduced in July are the latest in a long line of increases. Overall, the minimum wage has increased by 73.9% since it was introduced in 2013.

Financial YearMinimum Wage Rate% Increase in Minimum WageAnnual Inflation
Total Increase£1.7073.9%

In total, the new 2024-25 Minimum Wage is equivalent to an increase of £682.50 when compared to the 2023/24 Minimum Wage for someone working a full time, 37.5 hour week.

Financial YearHourly wageWeekly 37.5 HoursMonthlyAnnual Before TaxAnnual After Tax
Compared to

Employers are legally required to pay at least the minimum hourly rate of £4.00 per hour for an adult aged 18 years and over, and £3.05 per hour for someone aged 16 or 17 years old. It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure they are compliant with the provisions of the changes when they come into effect.

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31 May 2024

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470