National Minimum Wage
National Minimum Wage Rates Change from 1 October 2013
The aim of the minimum wage is to establish fairness in the workplace and to make work pay by ensuring that all workers receive at least the hourly minimum rates set. As well as helping workers, the minimum wage also helps businesses by ensuring that competition is based on the quality of goods and services provided and not on low prices based on low rates of pay.
The National Minimum Wage rates will change from 1 October 2013 to:
- Workers aged 21 and over - £6.31 (increasing from £6.19)
- Workers aged at least 18 but not yet 21 - £5.03 (increasing from £4.98)
- Workers under 18 but above compulsory school leaving age - £3.72 (increasing from £3.68)
- Apprentice Rate - £2.68 (increasing from £2.65)*
*For Apprentices under 19, 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship
Anyone entitled to the minimum wage should receive it and if workers are not getting what they are legally entitled to they should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.
For more information on Minimum Wage see GOV.UK Minimum Wage.