National Minimum Wage rate increase approved

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National Minimum Wage increased to £6.31 per hour

The Government has today announced that it has accepted the Low Pay Commission's (LPC) recommendation to increase the National Minimum Wage by 12p to £6.31 from October 2013.

The Government has gone against recommendations by the LPC and also increased the wage for apprentices. The LPC had stated the apprentice rate should be frozen, based this recommendation on concerns about level of compliance with the apprentice rate.

The following rates will come into effect on 01 October 2013:

  • The adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour
  • The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour
  • The rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour
  • The apprentice rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour
  • The accommodation offset increases from the current £4.82 to £4.91