The new rates were accepted by the Government following the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission in its annual report published in February 2012. The revised rates, with effect from 1 October 2012 are as follows:
• Adult rate (workers age 21 and over): £6.19 per hour (up from £6.08)
• Youth development rate (workers age 18-20): £4.98 per hour (no change)
• Workers age 16-17: £3.68 per hour (no change)
• Apprentices: £2.65 per hour (up from £2.60)
• Accommodation offset rate: £4.82 per hour (up from £4.73)
The amending regulations also make minor changes to the apprenticeship schemes that will qualify for the national minimum wage, and clarify the rules regarding accommodation offset for educational establishments.
A copy of the new legislation is available here.