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National Minimum Wage rates for 2012-13 announced

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The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for this year’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. The following rates will apply from 1 October 2012:

  • The adult rate (those aged 21 and over) will increase by 11p to £6.19 per hour;
  • The rate for 18-20 year olds is frozen at £4.98 an hour;
  • The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain the same at £3.68 an hour; and
  • The apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or those aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase by 5p to £2.65 an hour.

From 1 October 2012, the accommodation offset will rise from £4.73 per day to £4.82.

The Government has also accepted the LPC’s recommendation that in order to make operating the NMW as simple as possible for all users, a review of all existing guidance should be carried out and, where necessary, revised guidance put in place that is effective, clear and easily accessible.


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