Changes to the national minimum wage – Trailer
The revised rates, applicable from the first 'pay reference period' that starts on or after Monday 01 October 2012, have recently been announced and are as follows:
- adult rate - increases to £6.19 an hour
- 18-20 year olds - remains unchanged at £4.98 an hour
- 16-17 year olds - remains unchanged at £3.68 an hour
- apprentice rate - increases to £2.65 an hour
- the maximum amount that can be offset where accommodation is provided will be £4.82 per day.
The Government confirmed that the rates for young people are frozen in order to minimise the barriers to job creation; the increases for adults and apprentices are 1.8% and 1.9% respectively, both significantly lower than inflation.
The Low Pay Commission's report also contained the following recommendations to the Government:
- make frequent use of the 'naming and shaming' process for NMW employers who do not comply with the legislation
- seek out publicity opportunities to ensure that the implications of non-compliance are highlighted
- review all existing NMW guidance with the object of making the NMW 'as simple as possible for all users'.