The Government has today announced that the national minimum wage (“NMW”) is set to increase from 1st October 2015 and the change will mean the adult NMW will go up by 20p (3%) to £6.70 an hour.
Over 1.4 million workers are reportedly said to benefit and it will not just be adults (those aged 21 and over, for the purposes of the NMW) who will be affected. The NMW rates for younger workers will also go up (by 3% from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour for those
aged 18 to 20 and by 2% from £3.79 to £3.87 for those aged 16 to 17).
The NMW rate for apprentices will also increase and this will be by 57p (20%) to £3.30 an hour, significantly higher than the 2.6% increase advised by the Low Pay Commission.
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