On 1 October 2015, new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into force.
The standard adult rate, which applies to workers aged 21 or over, rose to £6.70 an hour. The development rate, which applies to workers aged between 18 and 20 inclusive, rose to £5.30 an hour. The young workers’ rate, which applies to workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices, rose to £3.87 an hour. The apprenticeship rate, which applies to apprentices under the age of 19 or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship, rose to £3.30 an hour.
The accommodation offset, which allows an employer who provides a worker with free accommodation to count some of its value towards the NMW, rose to £5.35 per day.