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National Minimum Wage Rises

2 October 2015: National Minimum Wage Rises:

The National Minimum Wage increased on the 1 October 2015 as follows:


  • The standard adult rate (workers aged 21 and over) is now £6.70.
  • The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) is now £5.30.
  • The young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) is now £3.87.
  • The rate for apprentices is now £3.30.


From 1 October 2015, the ‘accommodation offset’ (for example for pub staff with accommodation provided on site) is £5.35 each day.


As widely reported, the government plans to replace the NMW by a National Living Wage in April 2016, when a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, will be initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 50p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate.


See: National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/971).

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