The usual annual National Minimum Wage increases have now been announced. The following hourly rates of National Minimum Wage will apply from 1 October 2016:
- The rate for workers aged 21 to 24: £6.95 (currently £6.70).
- The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20): £5.55 (currently £5.30).
- The young workers rate (non-apprentices aged under 18 but above compulsory school age): £4.00 (currently £3.87).
- The apprenticeship rate: £3.40 (currently £3.30).
As we previously reported, from 1 April 2016, the new National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over came into force at a rate of £7.20 an hour, and that will not change on 1 October 2016.
It has also been confirmed that in future all National Minimum Wage rates, including the National Living Wage, will be uprated in parallel from April 2017.
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