National Minimum Wage and Apprentice Rates

Posted in Employment

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations in relation to changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

However, the Government has not accepted the LPC’s recommendation that the apprentice rate should be frozen.

The Government has announced from 1 October 2013 the following changes:

  • the adult NMW rate will increase from £6.19 to £6.31 an hour;
  • the NMW rate for 18-20 year olds will increase from £4.98 to £5.03 an hour;
  • the NMW rate for 16-17 year olds will increase from £3.68 to £3.72 an hour;
  • the apprentice rate will increase from £2.65 to £2.68 an hour; and
  • the accommodation offset will increase from £4.82 to £4.91.

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