The Government has agreed to a new set of National Minimum Wage rates recommended by the Low Pay Commission.
From October 2009, the standard rate will increase from £5.73 to £5.80.
The rate for 18-21 year olds will rise to £4.83 and that for 16-17 year olds to £3.57.
From October 2010 those aged 21 will be entitled to the standard rate of the NMW.
National Minimum Wage rates
From October 2010, National Minimum Wage rates will increase from:
The rise is around the two per cent mark in each category. As promised, the Government has extended the adult minimum wage rate to 21-year-olds from October 2010. Previously the qualifying age for the National Minimum Wage was 22.
The Government has also set an apprentice minimum wage rate at £2.50 an hour