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National Minimum Wage: Historical Rates

The National Minimum Wage was introduced in 1999 by the then Labour Government as the absolute minimum hourly rate that workers could be paid, dependent on age.

Initially there was an adult rate of minimum wage, for workers aged 22 or over, and a "developmental rate" for 18-21 year olds.

By 2004 another minimum wage rate band was introduced for 16-17 year olds and then in October 2010 the Apprentice rate was brought in.

Additionally, in 2010, the "development rate" band was narrowed to 18-20 year olds and the adult rate expanded to cover workers aged 21 and over.

The last increase in the National Minimum Wage was on the 1st October 2013 and the rate is due to increase again on the 1st of October 2014.

For current rates and full details see our business advice article on the National Minimum Wage and for the full set of historical minimum wage rates see the table included below.

From Adult Rate
(for workers aged 21+)
Development Rate
(for workers aged 18-20)
16-17 Year Olds Rate Apprentice Rate
1 Oct 2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
1 Oct 2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
1 Oct 2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
1 Oct 2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50
From Adult Rate
(for workers aged 22+)
Development Rate
(for workers aged 18-21)
16-17 Year Olds Rate Apprentice Rate
1 Oct 2009 £5.80 £4.83 £3.57 -
1 Oct 2008 £5.73 £4.77 £3.53 -
1 Oct 2007 £5.52 £4.60 £3.40 -
1 Oct 2006 £5.35 £4.45 £3.30 -
1 Oct 2005 £5.05 £4.25 £3.00 -
1 Oct 2004 £4.85 £4.10 £3.00 -
1 Oct 2003 £4.50 £3.80 - -
1 Oct 2002 £4.20 £3.60 - -
1 Oct 2001 £4.10 £3.50 - -
1 Oct 2000 £3.70 £3.20 - -
1 Apr 1999 £3.60 £3.00 - -

Check back for revisions to the historical rates - Next update: 1 Oct 2014

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