From Tuesday 1 October 2013 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise in accordance with the recommendations set out by the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) in April this year.
From 1 October 2013:
- the adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour
- the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour
- the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour
- the apprentice rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour
- the accommodation offset increases from the current £4.82 to £4.91
More than 890,000 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers will gain from these changes.
In addition, from 1 October employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will be publicly named and shamed under revamped plans announced last month to make it easier to clamp down on rogue businesses.
The new rules are part of government efforts to toughen up enforcement of the NMW and increase compliance. By naming employers it is hoped that bad publicity will be an additional deterrent to employers who would otherwise be tempted not to pay the NMW. This is on top of financial penalties which employers already face if they fail to pay NMW.