Min Wage Increase

As announced by the government earlier this year the national minimum wage will rise by 11p to £6.19 an hour from 1 October, a rise of 1.8% from the current level, although it will remain unchanged for workers under the age of 21.

The freeze in the minimum wage for those aged under 21 means that from 1 October:

  • The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds will remain at £4.98 an hour
  • The rate for 16 and 17-year-olds will remain at £3.68 an hour
  • However, the rate for apprentices will rise by 5p to £2.65 an hour

The minimum wage was introduced in 1999 at £3.60 an hour for adults and the level is recommended each year by the Low Pay Commission.

Sandra Smart

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