The Government has announced that the national minimum wage rates will rise from October 2010. Added to this, the adult minimum wage rate has been extended to 21 year olds and a minimum wage rate for apprentices has been also been set.

From October 2010, national minimum wage rates will increase from:

  • £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  

Apprentice minimum wage - £2.50 per hour

The new rate will apply to:

  • apprentices under 19
  • apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship