Minimum Wage: up!!


Lib Dems announced this week that the National Minimum Wage for apprentices will increase by 20 per cent going up by 57p an hour, from £2.73 to £3.30 this October: the largest ever increase in the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

It was also announced that the adult National Minimum Wage will increase by three per cent to a new rate of £6.70 this October: the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2008 which is set to benefit more than 1.4m of Britain's lowest paid workers.

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The increase in the apprentice National Minimum Wage will halve the gap with the rate for 16 to 17 year olds, which will increase by two per cent, from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour.

There will also be a three per cent increase in the rate for 18 to 20 year olds from £5.13 to £5.30 an hour.

Ros says: "This is brilliant. Too often young people get a raw deal - but these changes will start to narrow the gap and to reward young people for their hard work."


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