National Minimum Wage Rates Increase in October 2010

The National Minimum Wage will increase from 1 October 2010 to:

  • £5.93 for workers and 21 and over, (currently £5.80 for workers aged 22 or over)
  • £4.92 for workers aged 18 to 20, (currently £4.83 for those aged 18 to 21 inclusive)
  • £3.64 for workers aged 16 to 17, (currently £3.57)

From October 2010 there will be a new apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour, which will apply to:

  • Apprentices under 19
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship

In a recent court success for H M Revenue and Customs it was confirmed that employers must pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage regardless of any tips, gratuities, service charges, or cover charges if they are not paid by the employer to workers through the employer’s payroll.

Extract taken from our 2010 Summer edition Tax newsletter – if you would like to subscribe please leave your details here.

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