National Minimum Wage Increase
New rates will come into force in October 2013.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed that the Government has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for this year’s adult and youth National Minimum Wage rates. The Government has decided to slightly increase the national minimum wage rate for apprentices, despite the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission that the rate be frozen.
The new rates, which will come into force in October 2013, are as follows:
• The adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour.
• The rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour.
• The rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour.
• The apprentice rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour.