The adult rate will rise by 20p from £6.50 per hour to £6.70, a 3% increase. However, the rate for apprentices will rise by 57p to £3.30 per hour. The government says the larger increase is designed to make the pay rate for apprenticeships comparable to other choices for work.
Ministers are also planning to introduce a National Minimum Wage Accelerator – an online application to enable people to compare their wages with others in their sector and across different regions.
From 1 October 2015:
• the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
• the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
• the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour
• the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
• the accommodation offset increases from the current £5.08 to £5.35.
The figures represent the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2007.