National minimum wage may rise

The national minimum wage may rise on 1 October 2012, subject to the prevailing economic conditions and the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to be delivered to the Government in February 2012. 

The main (adult) rate of the national minimum wage is £6.08, and now applies to workers aged 21 and over. The development rate is £4.98 workers aged 18-20 inclusive), while the rate for workers aged 16 and 17 is £3.68. 

  • National minimum wage Visit the XpertHR statutory rates section for details of the current national minimum wage rates. 
  • National minimum wage: the basics Visit the XpertHR employment law manual for further information on workers' rights to be paid the national minimum wage. 


XpertHR legal timetable and HR calendar Keep up to date with new legislation, consultations and HR developments in 2012 with XpertHR's legal timetable and HR calendar. 

National minimum wage worked examples The XpertHR worked examples section provides step-by-step guidance through processes necessary to ensure compliance with the law. 

Model letter providing national minimum wage statement Use this model letter to inform workers of the current rate of the national minimum wage. It can be sent to individual workers or placed on company notice-boards.