NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

The national minimum wage adult rate will increase to £6.19 per hour for 2012/2013, with effect from 1 October 2012.

This represents an increase of 1.8% from the 2011/2012 national minimum wage adult rate, which currently stands at £6.08 per hour (from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012).

The 2012/2013 national minimum wage adult rate (at £6.19 per hour) is therefore set 11p per hour higher than the 2011/2012 rate of £6.08 per hour.

National minimum wage rates for younger workers frozen for 2012/2013.

The national minimum wage rates paid to younger workers will be frozen for 2012/2013 (again with effect from 1 October 2012):

The national minimum wage “youth development rate” (for workers aged 18 to 20) will remain at £4.98 per hour for 2012/2013, unchanged from the rate for 2011/2012.

The national minimum wage youth rate (for workers aged 16 and 17) will remain at £3.68 per hour for 2012/2013, unchanged from the rate for 2011/2012.

National minimum wage apprentice rate to increase by 1.9% from 1 October 2012
Apprentices will, however, see an increase to their national minimum wage rate:

The apprentice minimum wage rate will rise from £2.60 per hour to £2.65 per hour (an increase of 5p per hour, or 1.9%).

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