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National Minimum Wage Rates Increased

From 1 October 2013, the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows:

Until 31/10/2012From 01/10/2013
Adult workers
(Aged 21 years and over)
£6.19/hr£6.31/hr
Development rate
(Aged 18-20 years)
£4.98/hr£5.03/hr
Young workers
(Ages 16 and 17 years)
£3.68/hr£3.72/hr
Apprentices
 
£2.65/hr£2.68/hr

 

The apprentice rate has been increased by 3 pence per hour despite the suggestion from the independent Low Pay Commission that the rate would remain the same after concerns were raised about some employers not paying their apprentices the correct minimum wage rate. Business Secretary Vince Cable said that “apprenticeships are at the heart of [Government’s] goal to support a stronger economy, and so it is important to continue to make them attractive to young people”, and Government will be working with employers, apprentices and training providers to improve awareness of rights and responsibilities on pay.

News with – http://www.nscc-newsline.org.uk

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