In October 2016, most minimum wage rates will increase. The national living wage (NLW), which applies to workers aged 25 or over, will not increase from £7.20/hour.
For convenience, we have laid out the current and new rates for you in the table below.
The Government has said that from April 2017 the national living wage and minimum wage will be uprated in parallel – currently, minimum wage operates on an October cycle, national living wage operates on an April cycle – so we’d suggest you anticipate rises all round next April.
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The Low Pay Commission today welcomed the Government’s acceptance of its recommendations for the rates of the minimum wage affecting workers under 25 and apprentices to apply from 1 October 2016 - including: its first recommendation for the effective new minimum wage for 21-24 year olds, where the Government agreed that it should increase by 3.7 per cent to £6.95 an hour. an increase in the Youth Development Rate, affecting 18-20 year olds, of 4.7 per cent to £5.55 an hour. an increase in the 16-17 Year Old Rate of 3.4 per cent to £4.00 an hour. an increase in the Apprentice Rate of 3 per cent to £3.40 an hour.