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National Minimum Wage Increases

From the 1st October 2010, the National Minimum Wage adult rate will be extended to cover those aged 21 and over (previously it only covered those workers aged 22 and over). This rate will rise from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour.

For workers aged between 18 and 20, the National Minimum Wage rate will increase from £4.83 to £4.92 per hour.

Workers aged 16 to 17 are also set to benefit as their National Minimum Wage rate rises from £3.57 to £3.64 per hour.

The government will also be introducing a new minimum wage category for apprentices aged 16 to 18, at a rate of £2.50 per hour. This new rate will apply to:

  • Apprentices under 19 years of age
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over, but who are in the first year of their apprenticeship

If you have any queries about how the above changes may affect your business, please contact our employment department.


Employment Department
Raj Dhokia: r.dhokia@fgdlaw.co.uk