The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2012 have been published and laid before Parliament. The regulations increase the principal hourly rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to £6.19 with effect from 1 October 2012 for adults aged 21 years and older. The rate for apprentices under the age of 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship increases to £2.65. The maximum daily amount for living accommodation, which counts towards pay for NMW purposes (the accommodation offset), is increased to £4.82.
The regulations also reflect changes made to the names of the apprenticeship programmes in England, to include Intermediate Level Apprenticeships and Advanced Level Apprenticeships, and make clear that deductions or payments for the provision of accommodation which is exempt from the NMW accommodation rules (because it is provided by Higher Education and Further Education Institutions to a worker who is enrolled on a full-time course with that institution) do not reduce remuneration for NMW purposes.
The regulations are due to come into force from 1 October 2012.