The second major change taking effect this month is the increase to the national minimum wage. The changes to the hourly rates, effective as of 1 October 2011, are as follows:

  • Adults: Increase from £5.93 to £6.08
  • 18-20 year olds: Increase from £4.92 to £4.98
  • 16-17 year olds: Increase from £3.64 to  £3.68
  • Apprentice rate: Increase from £2.50 to £2.60

Apprentice rate applies to apprentices under 19 or 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.