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National Minimum Wage increases - October 2013

15/04/2013
The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into effect on 1 October 2013.It has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into effect on 1 October 2013.

It has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this year’s adult and youth NMW rates but has decided that the apprentice rate should be increased rather than frozen as recommended by the LPC. The LPC had based its recommendation on concerns about level of compliance with the apprentice rate. The Government has stated that it will be working with employers, apprentices and training providers to improve awareness of rights and responsibilities on pay and will also be undertaking focused enforcement work to clamp down on non-compliance by employers of apprentices.

The following rates will come into effect on 1 October 2013:

• the main adult rate for workers aged 21 and over will increase by 12p, from £6.19 to £6.31 an hour
• the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p, from £4.98 to £5.03 an hour
• the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p, from £3.68 to £3.72 an hour
• the apprentice rate will increase by 3p, from £2.65 to £2.68 an hour

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