From 1st October 2013, the National Minimum wage rates are increasing.  Employers must ensure that they are paying their employees at least the specified minimum hourly rate, which depends on the employee’s age and whether they’re an apprentice.  Employees must be at least school leaving age to get it.

The rates of national minimum wage applicable to pay reference periods starting on or after 1st October 2013 are as follows:

  • For workers 21 and over                    £6.31
  • 18-20 year olds                                   £5.03
  • Under 18                                               £3.72
  • Apprentices                                          £2.68 *


* This rate is for apprentices under 19 or those in their first year.  If an apprentice is 19 or over and past their first year, they must be paid the rate that applies to their age.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please feel free to email our payroll team at  We’re always happy to help!