September 29th 2004. The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has acknowledged the increase in the national minimum wage, which will take effect from October 1st 2004.

Rising by 35p to £4.85 per hour for workers aged 22 and over, the minimum wage for those aged between 18 and 21 becomes £4.10 per hour.

The first minimum wage for 16 and 17 year-olds will also be introduced, and is set at £3.00 per hour.