Increases in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates come into effect on 1 October 2014. The new rates apply to pay reference periods beginning on or after that date:
- For workers aged 21 and over - £6.50
- 18-20 year olds - £5.13
- For workers above school leaving age but under 18 - £3.79
- The apprentice rate* - £2.73 per hour.
* For apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the NMW for their age.