From 1 October new rates came into force for the National Minimum Wage.

For workers over the age of 21, the new minimum wage is £6.19 per hour up from £6.08 per hour.

The rate for apprentices rises from £2.60 to £2.65 per hour.

In a move designed to tackle high youth unemployment by encouraging recruitment of young workers, the development rate for 18 to 20 year olds is frozen at £4.98 per hour and the young workers rate for those under 18 (but above the compulsory school age) remains unchanged at £3.68 per hour.