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National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2011

SI 2011 No. 2345

These Regulations amend the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (the "Principal Regulations"). Regulations 1 and 4 come into force on 1st August 2011 because regulation 4 concerns new Welsh apprenticeship programmes which start on that date and regulation 1 is the citation, commencement and interpretation provision. The remaining regulations come into force on 1st October 2011.

Regulation 2 amends regulation 2(1) of the Principal Regulations to extend the definition of "Government arrangements" to include arrangements made pursuant to section 17B of the Jobseekers Act 1995.

Regulation 3 increases the principal rate of the national minimum wage from £5.93 to £6.08 per hour (regulation 11 of the Principal Regulations).

Regulation 4 provides that a worker participating in a Government scheme in Wales known as Traineeships or Steps to Employment will not qualify for the national minimum wage in respect of work done for an employer as part of the scheme (regulation 12(4A)(d) of the Principal Regulations).

Regulation 5 increases (a) the rate paid to workers aged between 18 and 20 from £4.92 to £4.98 per hour; (b) the rate paid to workers aged below 18 who have ceased to be of compulsory school age from £3.64 to £3.68 per hour; and (c) the rate paid to apprentices within the first 12 months of their employment or engagement under Government arrangements specified in regulation 13(6)(b) of the Principal Regulations or who have not attained the age of 19 from £2.50 to £2.60 per hour (paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) of regulation 13 of the Principal Regulations respectively).

Regulation 6 increases the accommodation amount which is applicable where an employer provides a worker with living accommodation from £4.61 to £4.73 for each day that accommodation is provided (regulation 36(1) of the Principal Regulations).

Regulation 7 amends regulation 11(3) of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 so that it refers to the national minimum wage entitlements as prescribed by this instrument. Regulation 8 provides that regulations 3, 5 and 6 do not apply in relation to any pay reference period beginning before 1st October 2011.

Made: 22nd August 2011
Coming into force
Regulations 1 and 4: 1st August 2011
Remainder: 1st October 2011