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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.
1 Apr 2020
As the national living wage rate increases by more than 6%, the economic uncertainty posed by the coronavirus means the...
26 Mar 2020
The government should delay next month’s rise in the national living wage in order to protect jobs in the midst...
11 Mar 2020
The Low Pay Commission has been tasked ensuring that the national living wage reaches two-thirds of median earnings by 2024....
20 Feb 2020
HM Revenue & Customs’ policing of the national living wage and national minimum wage has identified a record amount of...
11 Feb 2020
The government has abandoned its previously “pedantic” regime.
31 Jan 2020
NHS trust moves to 'insource' 1,000 cleaners, porters and catering staff previously on minimum wage.
8 Jan 2020
The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...
8 Jan 2020
Sanctions for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage are not tough enough and there needs to be a...
2 Jan 2020
From the start of April low paid workers will benefit from a rise in the minimum wage that is four times the rate of inflation, in what the prime minister has called the “the biggest ever cash boost” to the legal pay floor.
21 Nov 2019
The average pay rise awarded to employees increased slightly in the three months to the end of October, according to...
15 Nov 2019
Increases in the national minimum wage pledged in the general election could be a “gamble” and will inadvertently benefit middle-...
6 Nov 2019
As younger workers' minimum wage rates look likely to increase, Johnny Runge examines the reality of how employers pay, for example, a 25-year-old versus a 24-year-old.
4 Nov 2019
Increases to national minimum wage rates should not be expected to “end” low pay and will need to be supported...
31 Oct 2019
The timing of the general election may present real problems for employers with a 1 January pay review date.