National living wage

From 1 April 2016, the UK Government is introducing a new minimum wage rate, the “national living wage”, cuurrently £7.50 per hour for people aged 25 and over.

The national living wage (NLW) will be compulsory and the Low Pay Commission (LPC) will recommend future rises, with the Government aiming for it to reach 60% of median hourly earnings by 2020.

The national living wage is different to the Living Wage, a voluntary pay rate independently set by the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.


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National minimum wage: Avoid the pitfalls of pay averaging

Earlier this year it was reported that John Lewis set aside £36 million to compensate for a potential national minimum...

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Argos tops HMRC’s latest list of national minimum wage offenders

17 Aug 2017

HMRC has published its latest list of employers that have failed to comply with national minimum wage laws, with a...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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In 2015, Monsoon Accessorize was named and shamed for underpaying 1,438 workers by more than £100,000Terry Harris/REX/Shutterstock

National minimum wage – don’t be that employer

23 Jun 2017

Even though the national minimum wage has been with us for over 18 years, and there has been a government...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: guarantees for EU workers and stricter corporate governance

17 May 2017

The Liberal Democrat Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Conservatives outline commitments on workers’ rights

15 May 2017

Workers will be able to take up to one year’s leave to care for an elderly relative under wide-ranging plans...

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Labour pledges £10 minimum wage from 2020

10 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn today pledges a £10 minimum wage if Labour wins the 2020 general election.
The Labour Party leader, speaking...

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Minimum wage increases favour older workers

1 Apr 2017

Increases today in national minimum wage rates means workers aged 25 and over are seeing their pay grow four times...

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Campaign launched to raise awareness of increases in national minimum wage and national living wage

27 Feb 2017

Two-thirds (69%) of people earning less than £15,000 do not know they should be paid for travel between appointments, according...

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Government publishes largest ever list of employers failing to pay minimum wage

16 Feb 2017

Department store Debenhams, sandwich chain Subway and clothing retailer Peacocks feature among 360 employers who have been named and shamed...

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Top 10 lame excuses for not paying the minimum wage

11 Jan 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has released 10 of the worst excuses for not paying the national minimum wage, as...

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