19 June 1998
Government sets adult minimum
wage at £3.60

THE Government yesterday announced a minimum wage of £3.60 an hour for those aged over 21 from next April.

The rate for 18-21-year-olds will be set at £3 an hour. This will rise to £3.20 in June 2000.

The final rate was below what the Government-appointed Low Pay Commission had recommended. It had suggested a minimum wage of £3.60 from April next year, rising to £3.70 from June 2000 for people over 20.

The Commission had also recommended young workers aged 16 to 17 should not be covered by the minimum wage, while 18-20-year-olds should receive £3.20 an hour next April rising to £3.30 from June 2000.

  • Financial Times 19/06/98 page 1, page 10 (Editorial Comment), page 19 (Lex), page 20
  • The Scotsman 19/06/98 page 2
  • The Guardian 19/06/98 page 2
  • The Independent 19/06/98 page 1, page 2, page 8, page 3
  • The Times 19/06/98 page 2, page 16, page 29, page 31 (Commentary)
  • The Daily Telegraph 19/06/98 page 1, page 10, page 15