Corporate report

National Minimum Wage: response to the Low Pay Commission’s 2015 report

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Provides the government's responses to the Low Pay Commission recommendations on national minimum wage rates.


Explains the government’s responses to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendations. The LPC has recommended that the hourly rates for the national minimum wage (NMW) should increase in October 2015:

  • from £6.50 to £6.70 for adults
  • from £5.13 to £5.30 for the development rate that covers workers aged 18 to 20 years old
  • from £3.79 to £3.87 for 16 to 17 year olds

The government accepts these recommendations in full.

Government has concluded that the apprentice rate should be £3.30. This is an increase of 57p an hour (21%) from £2.73 to £3.30 for the apprentice rate.

The Secretary of State Vince Cable has made a written statement in the House of Commons outlining the government’s response.