National Minimum Wage Increases

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The national minimum wage rates increase from the first pay period beginning on or after 1 October 2016.

  • The adult rate (age 21 to 24) increases from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour.
  • The development rate (age 18 to 20) increases from £5.30 to £5.55 an hour.
  • The junior rate (age 16 or 17) increases from £3.87 to £4.00 an hour.
  • Apprentices under age 19, or age 19 and over but in the first year of an apprenticeship, see an increase from £3.30 to £3.40 an hour.
  • The accommodation offset increases from £5.35 to £6.00 a day for each day when accommodation is provided during the pay period.

The national living wage, which was introduced in April this year, remains unchanged at £7.20 an hour from age 25.

These are likely to be the last October increases as the government has announced its intention to align future national living wage and national minimum wage increases to the first pay period or after 1 April each year.

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