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National minimum wage set to rise

BY Hussain Kayani
Employment law
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Business secretary Vince Cable has announced that the national minimum wage is to rise by 12p per hour for adults.

The new adult rate, set to come into force in October 2013, will be £6.31 per hour, replacing the current rate of £6.19 per hour. The change follows the publication of the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations, most of which were adopted by the government. Vince Cable said: 

"The independent Low Pay Commission plays a crucial role in advising the government when setting the national minimum wage every year. It balances wages of low paid workers against employment prospects if the rate was set too high”. 

Current Rate
Standard Adult Rate (21 and over) - £6.19
Development rate (18-20) - £4.98
Young works rate (under 18s) - £3.68

New rate
Standard Adult Rate (21 and over) - £6.31
Development rate (18-20) - £5.03
Young works rate (under 18s) - £3.72

In addition, the rate for apprentices will rise to £2.68 per hour and the accommodation offset allowance will change to £4.91 per day.

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