I have just noticed on the BBC website that the national minimum wage rates for the 12 month period commencing 1 October have just been announced - National minimum wage to rise 2.5% to £6.08.

The new rates as of 1 October will be as follows (existing rates in brackets):-

  • over-20s: £6.08 (£5.93)
  • 18-20 year-olds: £4.98 (£4.92)
  • 16-17 year-olds: £3.68 (£3.64)
  • apprentices: £2.60 (£2.50)

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