Small increases in all the rates
The national minimum wage (NMW) hourly rates which will apply from 1 October 2011 are:
· adult rate £6.08 (a 15p increase)
· 18–20 year olds £4.98 (6p increase)
· 16–17 year olds £3.68 (4p increase)
· apprentices £2.60 (10p increase)
The apprentice rate applies to apprentices aged under 19, and those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed at least one year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the full NMW rate applicable to their age.
More information on NMW can be found at: HM Revenue & Customs: The national minimum wage