Low Pay Commission Website
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Low Pay Commission
6th Floor
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD


General enquiries:
020 7271 0450
Press enquiries:
020 7271 0451
E-mail:
lpc@lowpay.gov.uk

For directions click here for a map of the area
 
 
 
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Pay and Work Rights Helpline

If you need help or advice about the National Minimum Wage the Pay and Work Rights Helpline can advise workers, employers and any other interested parties on a range of workplace rights and will deal with reports of abuse of those rights. As well as the National Minimum Wage, the helpline can also deal with enquiries about: working hour limits, employment agencies, the Agricultural Minimum Wage and working for a gangmaster.

Telephone:0800 917 2368
 
   
Welcome to the Low Pay Commission
 

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established as an independent body as a result of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the Government about the National Minimum Wage.

 
Low Pay Commission 2012 Report
 

The 2012 Report has been published and is available via the link below

Low Pay Commission Report for 2012 

 
Historical Rates

From
Adult Rate
(for workers aged 21+)
Development Rate
(for workers aged 18-20)
16-17 Year Olds Rate
Apprentice Rate
1 Oct 2011
6.08
4.98
3.68
2.60
1 Oct 2010
5.93
4.92
3.64
2.50
From
Adult Rate
(for workers aged 22+)
Development Rate
(for workers aged 18-21)
16-17 Year Olds Rate
Apprentice Rate
1 Oct 2009
5.80
4.83
3.57
-
1 Oct 2008
5.73
4.77
3.53
-
1 Oct 2007
5.52
4.60
3.40
-
1 Oct 2006
5.35
4.45
3.30
-
1 Oct 2005
5.05
4.25
3.00
-
1 Oct 2004
4.85
4.10
3.00
-
1 Oct 2003
4.50
3.80
-
-
1 Oct 2002
4.20
3.60
-
-
1 Oct 2001
4.10
3.50
-
-
1 Oct 2000
3.70
3.20
-
-
1 Apr 1999
3.60
3.00
-
-
Apprentice Minimum Wage

The Apprentice Minimum Wage applies to those apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.
The current rate is shown in the table above.

Compulsory School Age
*    In England and Wales: a person is no longer of compulsory school age after the last Friday of June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.
*    In Northern Ireland: a person is no longer of compulsory school age after the 30th June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs.
*    In Scotland: pupils whose 16th birthday falls between 1st March and 30th September may not leave before the 31st May of that year. Pupils aged 16 on or between 1st October and the last day of February may not leave until the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.'