National minimum wage rate increases take effect

The following hourly rates of national minimum wage apply from 1 October 2016:

  • The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 increases to £6.95.
  • The development rate (workers aged 18 to 20) increases to £5.55.
  • The young workers rate (non-apprentices aged under 18 but above compulsory school age) increases to £4.00.
  • The apprenticeship rate increases to £3.40.

Businesses should review their pay rates to ensure that they are aligned with these increased rates.