National minimum wage increases in England for October 2013


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The government has announced the national minimum wage rates which will take effect on 1 October 2013.

It accepted most of the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) with one exception; the LPC had recommended freezing the apprenticeship rate at £2.65 an hour, but the government has opted instead to increase that rate by 3p an hour.

The new rates are as follows:

  • The standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) will rise to £6.31 an hour (up
  • 12p from £6.19).
  • The development rate (for workers aged between 18 and 20) will rise to £5.03 an hour (up 5p from £4.98).
  • The young workers rate (for workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) will rise to £3.72 an hour (up 4p from £3.68).
  • The rate for apprentices will rise to £2.68 an hour (up 4p from £2.65).
  • The accommodation offset will rise to £4.91 an day (up 9p from £4.82).




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