National Minimum Wage Increased by 15p
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that the national minimum wage would be increased to £6.08. The new wage amount will be enforced from October 1 and includes an increase of 15p compared with the current level for adults. For trainees, there will be a 4% rise from £2.50 to £2.60 per hour. The change is applicable for workers above the age of 21.
The minimum hourly pay rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 8p or 1.2% to £4.98. For 16-17 year old workers, the pay rate will increase from 4p or 1.1% to £3.68 per hour. The new pay rates will increase the wages of around
840,000 low-paid workers in the UK.
The new pay rates are approximately half of the current inflation rate which is 5.5% at present. The changes in the minimum wages were welcomed by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The changes in the wage structure will help the workers to cope up with the rising cost of food and fuel.
Besides the wages, the government is also required to look into the matter of youth unemployment because a large number of school goers are leaving their schools and getting into work.
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