The Government has published regulations to increase the National Minimum Wage for all age groups from 1 October 2010. The new rates will be as follows:
Workers aged 21 and over – £5.93 per hour
Workers between 18 and 20 – £4.92 per hour
Young workers (over the compulsory school age but under 18) – £3.64 per hour
When the regulations come into effect, they will also introduce a new minimum wage of £2.50 per hour for apprentices who are under the age of 19 or who are older than 19 but in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Employers should note that from 1 October 2010 the standard Adult rate of £5.93 per hour will apply to workers aged 21 and over rather than 22 and over as in previous years.