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National Minimum Wage Increases

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Summary: Employers should be aware that from 1 October 2013 changes to the national minimum wage will come into effect.

The Changes

The Government has announced the following changes to the national minimum wage which will take effect from 1 October 2013:

From 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013

From 1 October 2013

Standard Adult Rate


Development Rate


Young Workers Rate


Apprenticeship Rate



The Categories

The Standard Adult Rate

This rate applies to workers aged 21 or over.

The Development Rate

This rate applies to workers aged between 18 and 20 inclusive.

The Young Workers’ Rate

This rate applies to workers aged below 18 but above the compulsory school age but who are not apprentices.

Apprenticeship Rate

This rate was introduced in October 2010 and applies to all apprentices under 19 years of age or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Contact Details

For more details about the minimum wage changes please contact:

+44 (0) 1604 871143

This update is for general guidance only and does not constitute definitive advice.

A published author at Floyd Graham and Co!

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Joanne Duck, who is a recent addition to the team within Floyd Graham & Co has already received positive recognition from the Editor of the London Chamber of Commerce Magazine (better known as “London Business Matters”) for an article that recently featured in our quarterly newsletter.

Joanne’s article, titled ‘I’ve got my eye on you!”, impressed the Chamber Magazine so much that they approached us for a copy, which has now been published in their latest monthly newsletter!

For a link to her article, please see below:

Pharmacosmos UK Ltd


“Our company have consulted with Floyd Graham Associates for over two years. During this time we have found Floyd and his team supportive and practical in the application of employment law and employee relations. I would have no reservations in recommending their services to support any management team.”

Colin Boots, Managing Director – Pharmacosmos UK Ltd

Belkin Ltd


“Floyd Graham provides more than just sound employment law advice. At Belkin, he has also provided great leadership and guidance on all aspects of Human Resource Strategy to our management team all across Europe. He brings practical, fact-based experience that aligns well with our overall company strategy. Floyd is unique in this respect in his profession. And when it comes to brass-tacks employment law, he provides proactive and complete guidance and takes accountability for results.”

Sean Williams, Vice President Europe – Belkin Ltd

West Northamptonshire Development Corporation


“Achieving radical restructuring of a public sector body is, inevitably, sensitive. That WNDC has been able successfully to achieve its goal of becoming a smaller, refocused, partnership oriented organisation, without loss of morale or motivation is, in no small part, due to the support and guidance we have received from FG Solicitors. Their professionalism, rapid appreciation of the challenges faced by WNDC, clarity of advice and effective operational support has been exemplary”.

Peter Mawson, Chief Executive Officer – WNDC

Alcon Laboratories (UK) Ltd


“I have worked with Floyd Graham and his team for a number of years. From the onset I was impressed by his command of his subject and his ability to simplify the most complex challenges. I have found Floyd and his team to be responsive to our Company’s needs, providing an unhurried, uncomplicated service which guarantees knowledge and resolve, with the added benefit of value for money. I cannot recommend Floyd and his team highly enough.”

Wanda Francies, Human Resources Manager – Alcon Laboratories (UK) Ltd

Glyndwr University

Glyndwr University

“FG Solicitors worked with us in partnership to deliver our corporate goals. They understood our needs and worked with us to find solutions tailored to meet our needs.  Their knowledge and understanding of both public and private sector approaches has helped to deliver creative solutions to complex problems.  They have a work ethic which is both professional and personable and staff within the company work seamlessly to provide an excellent team service; one company, one voice.”

Dr Allan Howells, Pro Vice-Chancellor Operations – Glyndwr University

Jaytrac Ltd


“Jaytrac Limited have used Floyd and his colleagues at FG Solicitors for HR and Employment Law advice for many years. Their clear and concise input has helped develop and grow Jaytrac in relation to staff performance and when required has helped us handle difficult staff situations in a firm but fair manner. Working with FG Solicitors has given us the confidence to concentrate on what we do best.”

Richard Johns, Director – Jaytrac Limited

C Butt Ltd


“What separates FG Solicitors from the “others”?

There is no doubt that Floyd and his team are dedicated, focused and take pride in their work. The Practice is professional, energetic, collaborative, intelligent, successful and universally enthusiastic. There’s the quality of the research about an assignment with time taken to get to know you better to ensure they are providing the right level of advice and guidance and the team are conscientious in providing regular feedback in simple, practical language that you can understand! There’s no “smoke and mirrors” here or unnecessary and obsolete jargon.

You feel you are engaged in all facets of the work being carried out on your behalf, ensuring you, the client, understand both the bigger picture and the small nuances so you can be confident in the advice and guidance and the solution being offered.

Floyd’s professional expertise, knowledge of the Law and Case History, his obvious passion for his subject and his skilful presentation both in the written word and at Tribunal has ensured that we have enjoyed a 100% successful record at litigation. I think that says it all!”

Clive Hodgkinson, Managing Director – C Butt Ltd

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