So 13£ is the roughly the equilibrium. If the going rate is fine, there's no point in a minimum wage. The UK minimum actually prevents firms employing more people, they'd rather be paying less.Well, it's hardly above the equilibrium market rate anyway;p The UK minimum just allows loads of companies to offer jobs at 6.08£ an hour because they're well aware that's what everyone else is offering. In Norway, hardly anyone would take a typical minimum wage job for less than 13£;p
Off topic though, gawd Chaz.