The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. The rate depends on age and whether the worker is an apprentice.
New rates from 01 October 2012:
- £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over – a rise of 11p
- £4.98 per hour for 18-20 year olds – no change
- £3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 – no change
- £2.65 per hour for apprentices – a rise of 5p
If your employer provides you with accommodation, they can count some of its value towards your NMW pay. This is called the accommodation offset. From October, the maximum that employers can count towards NMW pay will be £4.82 – a rise of 9p.