The minimum wage rates from 1st October 2008 are :-
- adults (people aged 22 and over) wage rate rises from £5.52 to £5.73 per hour
- workers aged 18-21, wage rate rises to £4.77 an hour
- young people 16-17, wage rate rises to £3.53 an hour
Apprentices under 19 are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Apprentices aged 19 or over and in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.