National minimum wage increases
The national minimum wage rates increased with effect from 1 October 2016 as follows:
National living wage: This rate applies to workers aged 25 and over and is now set at £7.20 per hour
Standard adult rate: This rate applies to workers aged between 21 and 24 inclusive and is £6.95 per hour.
Development rate: This rate applies to workers aged between 18 and 20 inclusive and is £5.55 per hour.
Young workers rate: This rate applies to workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices and is £4.00 per hour.
Apprenticeship rate: This rate applies to apprentices under 19 years of age, and those aged 19 and over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship and is £3.40 per hour.