Employers need to be aware of changes to the national minimum wage come into effect from 1st October this year. The National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 2010/1901 will:
- Raise the principal rate of the national minimum wage from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour.
- The age from which the principal rate becomes payable falls from 22 to 21.
- Workers aged between 18 and 20 will see their rate rise from £4.83 to £4.92 and the rate to be paid to workers under 18 who have ceased to be of compulsory school age rises from £3.64 to £3.75 per hour.
- The regulations also provide for a rate of £2.50 per hour for apprentices employed under a contract of apprenticeship or engaged under certain Government arrangements in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
- Finally, the amount permitted to be taken into account where accommodation is provided by the employer rises from £4.51 to £4.61 per day.
Employers need to be aware of changes to the national minimum wage come into effect from 1st October this year. Get in touch if you have any questions about what changes you need to make.