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The UK increases the minimum wage to £6.08/hr

Sunday, October 23, 2011 by

A screenshot of UK Directgov webiste announcing in the increase of minimum wage

Was £5.93 is £6.08

Most worktraveling students and participants of Work & Study programs tend to work for, or slightly above, the minimum wage, so an increase of one is always a welcome news.

The UK has a system of staggered minimum wage values based on age, which helps employment of young people who otherwise wouldn’t be as attractive to hire compared to more mature applicants.

The current UK minimum wages per hour are:

  • £6.08 – 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

For example for a participant of the Work Experience UK program this means the potential of making £12,646 in 12 months. That’s $20,178 if you are more used to US dollars.

You can make more if you work for more than exactly the minimum wage, or less if you work fewer than 40 hours per week.

The full details are here: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

 

 

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