The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.
There are different levels of NMW, depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice. The current rates (from 1 October 2012) are:
- £6.19 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
- £4.98 – the 18-20 rate
- £3.68 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
- £2.65 – the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19, or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
If you are of compulsory school age you are not entitled to the NMW. Some of your other employment rights are also different.