National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage from 1st October 2013

The minimum wage rates which come into effect from 1st October 2013 are :-

£6.31 per hour  – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
£5.03 per hour – workers aged 18-20
£3.72 per hour – workers aged 16-17 (above school leaving age but under 18)
£2.68 per hour – for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

National Minimum Wage from 1st October 2012

The minimum wage rates which came into effect from 1st October 2012 are :-

£6.19 per hour  – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
£4.98 per hour – workers aged 18-20
£3.68 per hour – workers aged 16-17 (above school leaving age but under 18)
£2.65 per hour – for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

National Minimum Wage from 1st October 2008

The minimum wage rates from 1st October 2008 are :-

  • adults (people aged 22 and over) wage rate rises from £5.52 to £5.73 per hour
  • workers aged 18-21, wage rate rises to £4.77 an hour
  • young people 16-17, wage rate rises to £3.53 an hour

Apprentices under 19 are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Apprentices aged 19 or over and in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

National Minimum Wage from 1st October 2007

On 1 October 2007, the National Minimum Wage was increased from £5.35 to £5.52 per hour for workers aged 22 and over.  The rate for 18 to 21 year olds was also increased from £4.45 to £4.60 per hour and, for those aged 16 to 17 the rate was increased from £3.30 to £3.40.

H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are responsible for enforcing the National Minimum Wage.  During November 2007, a special programme was set up by the HMRC to target the hotel sector and employers who refuse or wilfully neglect to pay the National Minimum Wage.  HMRC have said in their Employer’s Bulletin that they intend to impose heavy fines under the National Minimum Wage Act on those employers who fail to pay.