The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced the new rates of the national minimum wage to apply from 1 October 2011.
The adult rate will increase from £5.93 to £6.08 an hour
The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase from £4.92 to £4.98 an hour
The rate for 16-17 year olds will increase from £3.64 to £3.68 an hour
The rate for apprentices will increase from £2.50 to £2.60 an hour.
The Government estimates that 890,000 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers will gain from these changes.
The Government announced in the Budget that it will invite the Low Pay Commission, in its next report, to consider the best way to give business greater clarity on future levels of the national minimum wage, including consideration of two-year recommendations. The Government believes that this could provide greater certainty for businesses, reduce risks and help them plan employment and investment decisions.