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Posted 1 October 2015
by Stephen Jennings

Over 1 million working people will receive a pay rise – National Minimum Wage

From today, 1st October 2015, the National Minimum wage increases. The Government’s new rates are as follows:-

  • For workers 21 and over, the rate will increase by 20 pence from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour.
  • For 18 – 20 year olds, the rate will increase by 17 pence from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour.
  • For 16 – 17 year olds, who are above school leaving age but under 18, the rate will increase by 8 pence from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour
  • For apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprentices, the rate will increase by 57 pence from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour.
  • The accommodation offset increases from the current £5.08 to £5.35.

It is important to note that these rates, which come into force today, apply to pay reference periods beginning on or after 1st October 2015.

Employers should check their employees are receiving the new increased wage or risk being prosecuted by HM Revenue & Customs.

From April 2016, the Government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage for workers aged 25 years and above, initially set at £7.20.For further advice, contact our specialist employment team on 01392 207020 or e-mail

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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients