The national minimum wage is to increase by 20p an hour to £6.70, the biggest real-terms rise in seven years, the Government has announced.
More than 1.4 million low paid workers will benefit from the 3% hike, while rates for younger workers and apprentices will also go up — all from October.
The hourly rate for 18 to 20-year-olds will go up from £5.13 to £5.30 (3%) and by 8p to £3.87 for 16 and 17-year-olds (2%).
The statutory minimum for apprentices will jump by 57p to £3.30, an increase of 20% — the biggest ever rise.
The rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission, although the Government is going further than the suggested figure of £2.80 for apprentices.
Source – Newcastle Journal, 17 Mar 2015