New rates for the National Minimum Wage: 1st October 2010

27 September 2010. From 1 October 2010, new rates and entitlements will be introduced to the National Minimum Wage.

The new National Minimum Wage rates will apply from 1 October 2010.

The new rates will be:

ADULT NMW: £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 years and over (up from £5.80, qualifying age 22, in 2009-2010)
DEVELOPMENT NMW: £4.92 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 (up from £4.83 in 2009-2010)
MINORS NMW: £3.64 per hour for workers aged 16-17, that is over compulsory school leaving age (up from £4.83 in 2009-2010)

Moreover, an additional category has been added:

APPRENTICE MINIMUM WAGE: £2.50 per hour for:

– apprentices under 19;
– apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship

Workers who are aged 21 and over will be entitled to the main National Minimum Wage rate (which previously only applied to workers aged 22 and over).

For more information about the National Minimum Wage, read our full guide: National Minimum Wage (NMW): your rights in the UK

Are you not being paid the National Minimum Wage?
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