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National Minimum Wage to rise in October

  • Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The National Minimum Wage is due to rise later this year, and a new minimum wage for apprentices has also been agreed.

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New rates for the National Minimum Wage are to come into force on 1 October 2010.

The government has accepted the recommendations made in the Budget.

The new rates will be:

  • £3.64 per hour for 16-17 year olds (a 2 per cent increase on the current £3.57 rate)
  • £4.92 per hour for 18-20 year olds (a 1.9 per cent increase on the current £4.83 rate)
  • £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (a 2.2 per cent increase on the current £5.80 rate)

It's estimated that just over 950,000 people will benefit from the increase.

The government also announced that it has accepted the Low Pay Commission's recommendation to introduce an apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour.

For more information about the National Minimum Wage, call the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.

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