On 1 October 2010, employers must increase the hourly pay of all staff whose remuneration is linked to the national minimum wage to reflect annual increases. In addition, the age at which a worker is entitled to the adult rate will apply to workers aged 21 and over – a year younger than currently applies.
All employers large and small are under an obligation to pay at least the national minimum wage.
Rates from 1 October 2010 are:
- Standard (adult) rate for workers aged 21 or over – £5.93
- Development rate for workers aged 18 and 20 – £4.92
- Young workers rate for workers aged 16 and 17, who are not apprentices – £3.64
Introduction of national minimum wage for apprentices
From 1 October 2010 the government is introducing a national minimum wage for apprentices who were previously excluded. Under this scheme employers must pay apprentices at least £2.50 per hour if they are under 19 years of age or are in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Apprentices over the age of 19 who have completed their first year are entitled to the national minimum wage at the rate appropriate to their age.