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National Minimum Wage

Most workers in the UK over school leaving age are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

The NMW rates are reviewed each year. The Low Pay commission announced that from 1st October 2011 the rates will be:

  • £6.08 an hour for workers aged 21 and over
  • £4.98 an hour for workers aged 18-20
  • £3.68 an hour for workers aged 16-17, above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.60 per hour for apprentices under 19 or 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Rates from 1 October 2012

  • £6.19 for workers 21 and over
  • £4.98 18 - 20 yrs
  • £3.68 for 16-17 yrs, who are above school leaving age but under 18
  • £2.65 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship

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