Employers' Essentials: Important National Minimum Wage Changes from 1st Oct 2012


Important Changes to the National Minimum Wage - From 1st October 2012

National Minimum Wage Changes:

From 1st October 2012, National Minimum Wage rates increased as follows;

  • From £6.08 to £6.19 an hour for workers aged 21 and over
  • Remains at £4.98 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20
  • Remains at £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 increase applied for all apprentices:

  • For apprentices aged under 19: from £2.60 to £2.65 per hour
  • For apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship: £2.65 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:

Contact Ken Davies or Joanne Nieman in our Payroll Bureau:

Tel: 0151 423 7500 or Email: payroll@mitchellcharlesworth.co.uk or comple a quick enquiry form

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