Minimum wage changes start today

Published:  01 October, 2012

LONDON: A rise in the earnings of the lowest paid workers comes into effect today. The UK minimum wage rises from £6.08 to £6.19 an hour. The rate for those aged under 21 remains unchanged.

This 1.8% rise is slightly lower than the typical rise in earnings and the current rate of inflation, which represents the rising cost of living.

The freeze in the minimum wage for those aged under 21 means that:

  • The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds remains at £4.98 an hour
  • The rate for 16 and 17-year-olds remains at £3.68 an hour
  • The rate for apprentices rises by 5p to £2.65 an hour.

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