National Minimum Wage increases today

A quick reminder for all you business owners out there with employees, don't forget that today, 1st October 2010, sees the National Minimum Wage increasing. The rate has increased from £5.80 per hour to £5.93 per hour and this now applies to anyone over the age of 21. Previously the rate applied to those over 22 only. The increase also applies to younger workers, with 16 and 17 year olds seeing an increase from £3.57 to £3.64 an hour, and 18 to 20 year olds from £4.83 to £4.92 per hour.

The government has also introduced a minimum wage for apprentices for the first time. The rate is £2.50 an hour for those under 19 years old, or for those who are 19 over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.


  • Employees 21+ years old = £5.93 per hour
  • Employees 18-20 years old = £4.92 per hour
  • Employees 16-17 years old = £3.64 per hour
  • Apprentices under 19 years old = £2.50 per hour

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