Minimum Wage set for another rise next year

The
National Minimum Wage could be set to rise again next year following the
announcement of a review by the Low Pay Commission.

Trade
and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt told the independent body that advises
the Government on the minimum wage to review current levels and make
recommendations for change, if appropriate.

The
commission will look at the effect of the minimum wage on employment,
competitiveness, training and its impact on businesses in low pay sectors.

It
will report back to Hewitt and Prime Minister Tony Blair by the end of February
2003.

The
National Minimum Wage is currently £4.10 an hour, although it will be increased
by 10p an hour from October this year.

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