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.