Government announces details of October national minimum wage increase.
The national minimum wage will increase by 20p an hour to £6.70 from October, the government has announced.
The changes will benefit more than 1.4 million workers.
The hourly rate for younger workers will also rise, and for apprentices it will go up by 20% – or 57p – to £3.30 an hour.
The rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission but the government has gone further than the 7p an hour increase suggested for apprentices.
The statutory minimum for 18 to 20-year-olds will also go up by 3% from October, from £5.13 to £5.30, and by 2% for 16 and 17-year-olds, taking the rate to £3.87.
The rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age.