National Minimum Wage

By | April 8, 2010

 New National Mininmum Wage Rate.

The government has announced the Minimum Wage rates applicable from October 2010 and they have also extended the minimum wage protection with the introduction of a new minimum wage for Apprentices.

From October 2010, National Minimum Wage rates will increase from:

  • £5.80 to £5.93 an hour for workers aged 21 and over
  • £4.83 to £4.92 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20
  • £3.57 to £3.64 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17

The government has also extended the adult minimum wage rate to 21-year-olds from October 2010. Previously the qualifying age for the National Minimum Wage was 22.

The new Apprentice minimum wage has been set at £2.50 per hour. This has been introduced following a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission.

The new rate will apply to:

  • apprentices under 19
  • apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship

The Licensing Act 2003 specifically allows registered apprentices to work behind the bar under supervision, even though they are under 18, so they are able to train in the pub and get to understand what the job is really about.

For more information please contact Nick Arron .

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