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UK National Minimum Wage


The Basics


As of 01 October 2014 - Hourly rates

Aged 21 and over 6.50 (+19p)
Aged 18 - 20 (Development rate) 5.13 (+10p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.79 (+7p)
Apprentice rate for apprentices under 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship 2.73 (+5p)


As of 01 October 2013 - Hourly rates

Aged 21 and over 6.31 (+12p)
Aged 18 - 20 (Development rate) 5.03 (+5p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.72 (+4p)
Apprentice rate for apprentices under 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship 2.68 (+3p)

As of 01 October 2012 - Hourly rates

Aged 21 and over 6.19 (+11p)
Aged 18 - 20 (Development rate) 4.98 (+0p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.68 (+0p)
Apprentice rate for apprentices under 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship 2.65 (+5p)


As of 01 October 2011 - Hourly rates

Aged 21 and over 6.08 (+15p)
Aged 18 - 20 (Development rate) 4.98 (+6p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.68 (+4p)
Apprentice rate for apprentices under 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship 2.60 (+10p)


As of 01 October 2010 - Hourly rates

Aged 21 and over 5.93 (+13p)
Aged 18 - 20 (Development rate) 4.92 (+9p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.64 (+7p)
Apprentice rate for apprentices under 19, or over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship 2.50
*Note the age for the main rate has dropped from 22 to 21 this year.


As of 01 October 2009 - Hourly rates

Aged 22 and over 5.80 (+7p)
Aged 18 - 21 (Development rate) 4.83 (+6p)
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.57 (+4p)


As of 01 October 2008 - Hourly rates

Aged 22 and over 5.73
Aged 18 - 21 (Development rate) 4.77
Aged under 18 and no longer of compulsory school age 3.53

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Further Information and Useful links


HM Revenue and Customs National Minimum Wage site.

Directgov - National Minimum Wage.