Relief as national minimum wage UK 2013/2014 rate increases

The government has announced that the national minimum wage UK 2013 2014 adult rate will increase by 1.9% with effect from Tuesday 1 October 2013, bringing a sigh of relief in many quarters. This news effectively means the national minimum wage adult rate will rise to £6.31 per hour for 2013/2014. The minimum wage rates for younger workers will increase by 1%, also from Tuesday 1 October 2013.

Minimum wage announcement 2013/2014

Business secretary Vince Cable said the new national minimum wage UK 2013/2014 rates come after the government accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission. He said:

"The independent Low Pay Commission plays a crucial role in advising the government when setting the national minimum wage every year. It balances wages of low paid workers against employment prospects if the rate was set too high.

"We are accepting its recommendations for the adult and youth rate increases, which I am confident strikes this balance. However, there is worrying evidence that a significant number of employers are not paying apprentices the relevant minimum wage rate.

"Apprenticeships are at the heart of our goal to support a stronger economy, and so it is important to continue to make them attractive to young people. Therefore, I am not taking forward the LPC's recommendation to freeze the apprenticeship rate due to non-compliance, but instead am raising it in line with the youth rates.

"We are working on a series of tough new measures to ensure we tackle non-compliance issues across the board."

Minimum wage figures 2013/2014

The new national minimum wage rates due to take effect from 1 October 2013 will be as follows:

  • Apprentice rate will increase by 3 percent to £2.68 an hour

  • 21 year old rate will increase by 12 percent to £6.31 an hour

  • Rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 5 percent to £5.03 an hour

  • Rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 4 percent to £3.72 an hour.

Non-compliance issues

If you think that you are not getting the correct national minimum wage UK 2013/2014 amount, you can raise a complaint with the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) National Minimum Wage (NMW) Enforcement Unit. Don’t expect expeditious solution to your complaint, though. The HMRC NMW Enforcement Unit has a mere 100 inspectors at its disposal, as of 2013.

Call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368 or HMRC NMW helpline on 0845 6000 678 to report any non-compliance issues. Calls are taken Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) in strict confidence and charged at local rates. Callers can be assisted in 30 different languages.

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