An increase of 15 pence per hour (to £6.08) to the adult national minimum wage, effective from 1 October 2011, has been announced by the government. The minimum wage for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6 pence per hour to £4.98, for 16-17 year olds the increase will be of 4 pence per hour to £3.68 and for apprentices there will be a 10 pence per hour increase to £2.60.