The new national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2015 for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are as follows:
• £6.70 per hour for the adult rate
• £5.30 per hour for 18 to 20-year-olds
• £3.87 per hour for 16 to 17-year-olds
• £3.30 per hour for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in first year of the apprenticeship
In addition to the above, from April 2016, the government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and above, initially set at £7.20 – a rise of 70p relative to the current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate, and 50p above the increase coming into force on 1st October.
The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply from April 2016 for those aged 21 to 24.
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