New National Minimum Wage Rates
National Minimum Wage rates increased on 1 October 2011.Under the new rates, the adult minimum wage rate will now apply to21 year olds (the previous qualifying age was22).
The rates will increase as follows:
1. £6.08 an hour for workers aged 21 and over.
2. £4.98 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20.
3. £3.68 an hour for those older than school-leaving age andyounger than 18 (someone is under school-leaving age until the endof the summer term of the school year in which they turn16).
The minimum wage for apprentices has been increased to £2.60an hour. This rate applies to all apprentices under 19 or thoseaged 19 and over but in the first year of theirapprenticeship.
This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.