National minimum wage to increase

The Government has confirmed that the national minimum wage (NMW) will increase after accepting recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission's (LPC) report.

The following hourly national minimum wage rates will come into effect on 1 October 2012:

  • The adult rate will increase by 11p to £6.19
    The rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98
    The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68
    The rate for apprentices will increase by 5p to £2.65

Chair of the LPC David Norgrove said: "We welcome the Government's acceptance of our recommendations on the rates for the National Minimum Wage. The Commission was again unanimous, despite all the economic uncertainties and the different pressures on low-paid workers and businesses. We believe we have struck the right balance between the needs of these workers and the challenges faced by employers."