MORE than 200,000 workers in Yorkshire get a pay rise today as new rates for the national minimum wage come into force.
Nationally, the new rates will provide a pay rise for about 2m workers.
They include about 100,000 people working from home, who will be better off by thousands of pounds a year under new rules linking their pay to the national minimum wage.
And for the first time 16 and 17-year-olds who are no longer of compulsory school age will be paid at least £3 an hour.
Under the changes, the adult pay rate rises 8%, from £4.50 to £4.85 an hour.
The rate for 18 to 31- year-olds also rises 8%, from £3.80 to £4.10.
In addition, homeworkers must be paid the minimum wage for all hours worked or for the number of hours it takes an average worker to complete an agreed amount of work, a so-called "fair piece rate".
Trade and Industry Secretary Patrician Hewitt said the minimum wage had gone a long way to protecting workers from exploitative pay.
She added: "The change to the homeworking rule will protect people in an industry with a history of exploitative pay."