The national minimum wage (NMW) will increase by 3% to a new rate of £6.70 per hour, effective from October 2015. The NMW for apprentices will increase by 57p an hour to £3.30, and the rate for 16 to 17-year-olds will be £3.87 an hour from October 2015. The government will also launch a consultation with businesses on the future of the NMW rate for apprentices.

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