• From 1 October 2012 the national minimum wage will increase to £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over and the apprentice rate will rise to £2.65 per hour. The hourly rates for 18-20 year olds and 16-17 year olds will remain at £4.98 and £3.68, respectively. The accommodation offset will increase to £4.82.
  • All employers in the UK will have to automatically enrol eligible jobholders in a qualifying pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust. The requirement will apply to all employers in the United Kingdom and will be implemented over five years starting on 1 October 2012. Larger employers (usually 250+ employees) will be affected before smaller employers and new businesses.
  • The ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, services and facilities under the Equality Act 2010 will come into force. There are a number of exceptions. The Government Equalities Office has published guidance for businesses and their customers which includes an overview of how the ban will work and tailored guides for small businesses, private clubs and the holiday sector.