Wage rates on the up

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THE National Minimum Wage for workers aged over 21 and for some apprentices has increased slightly starting this week.

The over 21 hourly rate has risen from £6.08 to £6.19. For apprentices aged under 19 or over 19 and in their first year of a placement, it has increased from £2.60 to £2.65.

The rates for people aged 16-17 and 18-20 remain the same at £3.68 and £4.98 respectively.

Employers are legally obliged to pay at least the minimum rate irrespective of any agreement from a worker to accept less.