National Minimum Wage goes up from 1 October 2013
Following recommendations from the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC), the national minimum wage (NMW) for adults will increase by 12p an hour to £6.31 from 1 October 2013. However, concerns have been raised that this does not reflect the pace of inflation nor go far enough to tackle the increase in cost of living.
The NMW rate per hour depends on your age and whether you are an apprentice. The rate for 18-to-20-year-olds is increasing by 5p to £5.03 an hour while 16-to-17-year-olds will receive £3.72, a rise of 4p an hour. The NMW for apprentices will increase from £2.65 to £2.68.
Campaigners have expressed concern that the NMW does not accurately reflect the cost of living and has in fact fallen in value due to the rate of inflation. According to the consumer price index, the rate of inflation fell from 2.8% to 2.7% in the year to August. With a wage increase of 1.0%, this means prices are rising faster than wages.
If you think you are not getting the NMW, you should talk to your employer. If that does not work, you can ask your employer to see their payment records.
You can also contact a confidential helpline (Pay and Work Rights Helpline) to help you solve any dispute. Their number is on 0800 917 2368 (or textphone 0800 121 4042). The Helpline takes calls in over 100 languages. You can also ask a question using theironline form. Further information can be found here on the LITRG website.
Contact: Victoria Todd (please use form at http://www.litrg.org.uk/ContactUs)