National minimum wage increases

David McRae
25th Sep 2014

The standard adult rate of the national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 2014 from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour, following the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to the government.

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The other rate changes are:

  • The youth development rate (for workers aged 18-20) will increase to £5.13 per hour;
  • The young workers’ rate (for those aged 16-17) will rise to £3.79 per hour; and
  • The apprentice rate will increase to £2.73 per hour.


Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to add an extra £1.50 to the standard rate by the end of the next Parliament if he becomes Prime Minister, which would raise it to at least £8.00 per hour by 2020.


A full list of current UK employment law rates and limits can be found here.

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