National living wage

From 1 April 2016, the UK Government is introducing a new minimum wage rate, the “national living wage”, which will be £7.20 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 £9 an hour 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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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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Pay awards fall to six-year low, XpertHR finds

23 Nov 2016

Pay settlements have fallen to their lowest level for more than six years, according to the latest data from pay...

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National living wage to rise to £7.50, Chancellor confirms

23 Nov 2016

Today’s Autumn Statement confirmed that the national living wage will rise to £7.50 per hour from April 2017.
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Taxis and taxes: the wider implications of the Uber decision

8 Nov 2016

Most of the attention focused on the recent Uber decision has focused on the employment law aspects of the case....

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Living Wage Foundation announces 20p rise

1 Nov 2016

Yesterday The Living Wage Foundation announced a 20p increase in its pay rate, meaning a 3.7% pay increase for workers...

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Employers cautious about pay awards in the year ahead

27 Oct 2016

Many employees are set to see their pay eroded over the next year as inflation rises and employers keep pay...

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Hermes could be subject to HMRC investigation

12 Sep 2016

Business minister Margot James has asked HMRC to consider launching an investigation into pay and employment practices at courier company...

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Unions to shine light on “businesses that treat workers like animals”

12 Sep 2016

Frances O’Grady is to warn “greedy businesses that treat workers like animals” that they have no place to hide in...

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Government must press ahead with national living wage rises

7 Sep 2016

The Government should continue to increase the national living wage at the rate it planned when it was announced, according...

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National living wage fears over jobs unfounded, says thinktank

11 Jul 2016

The national living wage has not been the “jobs killer” that many predicted, according to a report published today by...

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Fewer migrant workers to mean greater automation, argues thinktank

4 Jul 2016

Industries that rely heavily on EU migrant labour could be prime candidates for automation, a report by thinktank the Resolution...

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Covering the cost of the national living wage – is it fair or legal to cut back perks?

9 Jun 2016

A number of companies have announced plans to cut back on staff benefits to cope with the cost of the...

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