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 to 21 year olds (the previous qualifying age was 22). 

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 and younger than 18 (someone is under school-leaving age until the end of the summer term of the school year in which they turn 16).

The minimum wage for apprentices has been increased to £2.60 an hour. This rate applies to all apprentices under 19 or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship. 

Posted on: 01/10/2011

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.

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