– National Minimum Wage rules and rates change on Friday 1st Oct

National minimum wage (NMW) regulations.

Under the new protocols the NMW will increase from:

  • £5.80 to £5.93 an hour for workers aged 21 and over.
  • £4.83 to £ 4.92 and hour for workers aged 18 to 20.
  • £3.57 to £3.64 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17.

The adult minimum wage will be extended to labourers aged 21 or over from October 2010.  The previous qualifying age for the adult NMW was 22.

The following wage rates for apprentices will also apply from the 1st October, 2010:

  • £2.50 per hour for apprentices under the age of 19.
  • £2.50 per hour for apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship.


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