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April 7, 2011    

Minimum wage to rise 15p an hour from October

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by Kay Murchie

It has been announced that the UK minimum wage will rise by 15p (2.5%) to £6.08 an hour from October 1, 2011 and is set to benefit almost 900,000 people.

The 15p an hour rise applies to workers aged 21 and over.

Meanwhile, the rate for 18 to 20-year-olds will increase by 6p to £4.98, while 16 and 17-year-olds will see a rise of 4p to £3.68 an hour.

Furthermore, the minimum wage for apprentices will increase by 10p to £2.60 an hour

The increases are in accordance with a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission (LPC).

Chairman of the LPC David Norgrove said: ‘We welcome the Government’s acceptance of our recommendations. The commission was again unanimous, despite all the economic uncertainties.”

However, David Frost of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said the new rates are “the wrong increase, at the wrong time.”

“These changes will be a barrier to job creation, and ultimately economic recovery,” added Mr Frost.

The minimum wage was introduced in 1999 by the Labour Government to put a floor under what employers could pay their staff.

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