Adults see minimum wage increased

20 March, 2012

New National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates have been announced by the government, after it accepted recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC).

Effective from 1 October 2012, the adult rate (21 years old and over) will increase by 11p to £6.19 an hour. The rates for apprentices have also increased, by 5p, to £2.65 an hour.

Eighteen to 20-year-olds will remain at £4.98 an hour, and 16- to 17-year-olds will remain at £3.68 an hour.

Vince Cable, business secretary, said: “I believe that the recommendations of the LPC strike the right balance between pay and jobs, and have therefore accepted all the rate recommendations. The LPC has done a good job in difficult circumstances.

“In these tough times, freezing the youth rates has been a very hard decision – but raising the youth rates would have been of little value to young people if it meant it was harder for them to get a job in the long run.”

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