The minimum wage is a legal right which covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age.
There are different minimum wage rates for different groups of workers as follows:
- The main rate for workers aged 22 and over is currently set at £5.35 an hour. On 1st October 2007 this will increase to £5.52
- The development rate for 18-21 year olds is currently set at £4.45 an hour this will increase to £4.60 on 1st October 2007
- The development rate for 16-17 years olds. This rate is £3.30 an hour. This will increase on 1st October 2007 to £3.40 an hour
- On 1st October 2006 the rate of the accommodation offset will increase to £30.10 per week (£4.30 per day). The current rate is £29.05 per week (£4.15 per day)
It is important to note that these new rates only apply to pay reference periods beginning on or after the date they came into law