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National Minimum Wage changes 1st october 2010


Millions of workers across Northern Ireland and the UK will benefit from an increase in the national minimum wage, which comes into effect on 1 October 2010 as it usually does, but this year sees some other important changes that employers need to be aware of confirms Emma Marmion, Director of Prestige Employment Solutions Ltd.
As it stands, the National Minimum Wage adult rate applies to workers who are aged 22 or over. This will change from 1 October 2010, when the adult rate will apply to workers who are aged 21 and over.

The following rates will apply from 1 October 2010:
•    Workers aged 21 and over - £5.93 per hour
•    Workers aged 18 to 20 - £4.92 per hour
•    Workers aged 16 to 17 - £3.64 per hour
There are also changes for apprentices adds Emma.  Apprentices aged under 19, or who are aged 19 and over and in the first year of an apprenticeship, are currently exempt from the National Minimum Wage. However, from 1 October 2010, they will be covered by the apprentice rate. The apprentice must either
•        Work under a contract of apprenticeship
•        Be employed on a government-funded training scheme that is treated as an apprenticeship such as ApprenticeshipsNI and Modern Apprenticeships.
 The new rates applying from 1 October 2010 are as follows:
•    Apprentices aged 19 and under - £2.50 per hour
•    Apprentices aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship - £2.50 per hour
For more information on the changes contact Prestige Employment Solutions, on 028 3025 2107 or visit www.prestige-employment.com. 

 

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