The National Minimum Wage hourly rates are set to increase on 1 October 2009. As of 1 October, they will be as follows:-
- Standard (workers aged 22 and over) rate: £5.80 (currently £5.73)
- Development (workers aged 18-21) rate: £4.83 (currently £4.77)
- Young workers (workers aged under 18 but over school age) rate: £3.57 (currently £3.53)
As of 1 October, employers will also be prohibited from paying tips, gratuities and cover charges through the payroll to make up payment of the National Minimum Wage.