The government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and announced the following national minimum wage rates, which will take effect from 1 October 2012:
- The standard adult rate (workers aged 21 and over) will rise to £6.19 per hour (up 1.8% from £6.08).
- The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) will remain at £4.98 per hour.
- The young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) will remain at £3.68 per hour.
- The rate for apprentices will rise to £2.65 per hour (up 1.9% from £2.60).
- The accommodation offset will rise to £4.82 per day (up 1.9% from £4.73).
The government had considered calls to freeze the national minimum wage to encourage recruitment and the decision to freeze the youth rates was reported earlier this month.
Sources: National Minimum Wage: Low Pay Commission Report 2012, Low Pay Commission, March 2012