Increase to National Minimum Wage hourly rate

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law.

It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage. The minimum wage rate depends on a worker’s age and if they’re an apprentice.

From 1st October 2013, the following rates will apply:

  • The adult rate (aged 21 and over) goes up from £6.19 to £6.31
  • The development rate (for 18-20 year olds) goes up from £4.98 to £5.03
  • The young workers rate (under 18 years old) goes up from £3.68 to £3.72
  • The Apprentices rate* goes up from £2.65 to £2.68

*For Apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

The National Minimum Wage is designed to promote workplace fairness and makes work pay.

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