The National Minimum Wage, which employers must pay to their employees, will increase from 1st October 2012. Alex Payton, Senior Associate Solicitor at Howes Percival solicitors in Leicester comments that " The government is taking a tough stance on employers who fail to pay the minimum wage by 'naming and shaming' those employers pursued by Revenue and Customs through the Courts for non payment. It is therefore more important than ever employers ensure all workers who are entitled to the minimum wage receive it and that it is paid at the correct rates."

The main rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase from £6.08 per hour to £.6.19 per hour and the apprenticeship rate will increase from £2.60 per hour to £2.65 per hour. However the rate for 18-20 year olds stays the same at £4.98 per hour and the rate for 16 and 17 year olds remains at £3.68 per hour.