Important National Minimum Wage Changes - 1st October 2011

Minimum Wage

From 1st October 2011, National Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows;

From £5.93 to £6.08 an hour for workers aged 21 and over
From £4.92 to £4.98 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20
From £3.64 to £3.68 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17

Please note, the qualifying age for the adult national minimum wage remains 21.

Apprentice Minimum Wage Rate:

From the 1st October, the following rates apply for all apprentices:

For apprentices aged under 19: £2.60 per hour
For apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship: £2.60 per hour

Who is Entitled to the National Minimum Wage?

Most workers in the UK are entitled to National Minimum Wage but there are some groups who are not entitled and include;

- Self-employed people
- Apprentices under the age of 19
- Apprentices aged 19 or over - but only for the first year of their apprenticeship
- Children who are still of compulsory school age

What about Part-timers?

It makes no difference to a worker's entitlement to the National Minimum Wage whether they work for you full time or part time, or whether they are an agency worker, a temporary or casual worker, a piece worker or a home worker.

For More Information:

If you would like more information about how you must change your pay structures on 1st October 2011, or would like someone else to manage the time consuming process of payroll management for your company, allowing you to focus on your core business activities, then contact Joanne Nieman today.

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