National Minimum Wage rates changes

New National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will come into force on 1 October 2012

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. The rate depends on age and whether the worker is an apprentice.

The new rates will come into force on 1 October 2012, as follows:

  • £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over – a rise of 11 pence
  • £4.98 per hour for 18 to 20 year olds – no change
  • £3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 – no change
  • £2.65 per hour for apprentices – a rise of 5 pence

Most workers in the UK over compulsory school leaving age are legally entitled to be paid at least the NMW and all employers have to pay it if the individual is entitled to it. It makes no difference:

  • if the individual is paid weekly or monthly, by cheque, in cash or in another way
  • if the individual works full time, part time or any other working pattern
  • if the individual works at the business premises or elsewhere
  • what size your business is
  • where your business is in the UK

You can find out more about the NMW rates changes on the Directgov website.

Alternatively, you can ring the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on Tel 0800 917 2368.