National Minimum Wage rates

From October 2010, National Minimum Wage rates will increase...

* £5.80 to £5.93 an hour for workers aged 21 and over * £4.83 to £4.92 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 * £3.57 to £3.64 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17. The government has extended the adult minimum wage rate to 21 (previously 22) year-olds from October 2010 and, for the first time, an apprentice minimum wage rate has been set at £2.50 an hour. The Low Pay Commission Chairman David Norgrove said: We are pleased that the government has again accepted the Commission’s recommendations. The introduction of an apprentice rate marks an important extension to minimum wage protection across the UK."