The annual increase in the national minimum wage rates took effect from 1 October.

Since its introduction in 1999, the national minimum wage (NMW) has increased every year, often in excess of inflation. This year however, not all the not the rates are going up, only the adult worker and apprentice rates will increase.

From 1 October 2012 the rates are:

  • £6.19 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over (up from £6.08)
  • £4.98 - the rate for workers aged 18-20 (no change)
  • £3.68 - the rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 (no change)
  • £2.65 - the rate for apprentices under 19 ,or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship (up from £2.60)


Make sure your organisation is compliant and check if contracts and recruitment documentation needs to be amended? This is especially important as the Government has started "naming and shaming" employers who fail to comply with the national minimum wage.