October 18 2013.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose in accordance with the recommendations set out by the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) at the beginning of October this year.

The changes are:-
The adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour
The rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour
The rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour
The apprentice rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour
The accommodation offset increases from the current £4.82 to £4.91

Employers who fail to pay NMW will be publicly named and shamed under revamped plans to make it easier to clamp down on rogue businesses.

The new rules are part of government efforts to toughen up enforcement of the NMW and increase compliance. By naming employers it is hoped that bad publicity will be an additional deterrent to employers who would otherwise be tempted not to pay the NMW. This is on top of financial penalties which employers already face if they fail to pay NMW.

Paying any less than the minimum wage is illegal and if employers break this law they need to know that tough action will be taken.