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Government Announces Increases in Minimum Wage from 1st October 2010
The Government has announced increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) from October this year. So if you pay your staff at these rates, you will need to ensure that you budget for these increases. There is also a change in the age bands and an intention to introduce a minimum hourly rate for apprentices.

The NMW rates increased with effect from 1 October 2010, as follows:

• Age 21 or over, from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour;
• Age 18 to 20, from £4.83 to £4.92 per hour;
• Age 16 to 17, from £3.57 to £3.64 per hour;

Note that from 2010 the age banding has changed – the adult rate will apply from those aged 21 and above – not 22 and above as it is at present, so ensure that you take care to review the details of those affected.

The Government is also set to introduce an apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour, applicable for apprentices aged under 19 or anyone in the first year of an apprenticeship scheme.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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