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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

National minimum wage rates: national minimum wage rate years

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

  • National Minimum Wage Act 1998, section 2
  • Annual amending Regulations

National minimum wage rates (NMWM03010) are usually increased (NMWM03110) on 1 October each year. From October 2000, national minimum wage rate years run from 1 October to 30 September the following year.

Any increase in rates affects pay reference periods starting on or after the date of the change (NMWM03110).