National Minimum Wage Changes

In addition to the rises in National minimum wage rates from Friday, 1 October, 2010, there are changes to the age at which the ‘adult’ rate becomes payable and a new rate for apprentices is introduced.

The age at which the main adult rate is payable is reduced from 22 to 21 and the rate goes up to £5.93 an hour.  The rate for workers aged 18 to 20 rises to £4.92, and the young workers’ rate for those under 18 but who are no longer of compulsory school age rises to £3.64.

A new rate of £2.50 per hour is being introduced for apprentices who are aged under 19 or in the first 12 months of the apprenticeship.

To coincide with the increases, the Department for Business, Iinnovation and Skills has announced that employers who flout the minimum wage laws will be named and shamed.

Cases where employers have been found to breach the rules are to be publicised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from 1 January 2011 – and they will given three months to ‘put their house in order’.


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