As of 1 October 2007, the national minimum wage will be increased to:
- Adults: £5.52 an hour (from £5.35)
- 18-21 year olds: £4.60 an hour (from £4.45)
- 16-17 year olds: £3.40 an hour (from £3.30)
The Employment Simplification Bill focuses on the introduction of a clear penalty regime to be imposed on all businesses that do not comply with the national minimum wage.