The National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 2010/1901, sees a rise in the principal rate of the national minimum wage from £5.80 to £5.93 per hour from 1 October this year.
Other noteworthy changes include the age from which the principal rate becomes payable, which falls from 22 to 21. Also workers aged between 18 and 20 will have a rate rise from £4.83 to £4.92 per hour, and the rate to be paid to workers aged below 18 (and no longer of compulsory school age) rises from £3.57 to £3.64 per hour.
The Regulations also provide a national minimum wage at the rate of £2.50 per hour to apprentices employed under a contract of apprenticeship or who are engaged under certain Government arrangements in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Finally, the amount permitted to be taken into account where accommodation is provided to the employer rise from £4.51 to £4.61 per day.