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National Minimum Wage Increases for October 2013

The Government has announced the national minimum wage rates which will take effect on 1 October 2013. It accepted all but one of the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (“LPC”) – the LPC had recommended freezing the apprenticeship rate at £2.65 an hour, but that rate is instead to increase as set out below.

The new rates are as follows:

The standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) will rise to £6.31 an hour (from £6.19).

The development rate (for workers aged between 18 and 20) will rise to £5.03 an hour (from £4.98).

The young workers’ rate (for workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) will rise to £3.72 an hour (from £3.68).

The rate for apprentices will rise to £2.68 an hour (from £2.65).

The accommodation offset will rise to £4.91 a day (from £4.82).