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.


Pay award levels increase to 2.8% in autumn months

The average pay rise awarded to employees increased slightly in the three months to the end of October, according to...

Minimum wage pledges will benefit the wrong people

15 Nov 2019

Increases in the national minimum wage pledged in the general election could be a “gamble” and will inadvertently benefit middle-...

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Younger workers: the political battle ahead on the minimum wage

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.

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Minimum wage rises will ‘not end low pay alone’

4 Nov 2019

Increases to national minimum wage rates should not be expected to “end” low pay and will need to be supported...

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General election halts national minimum wage 2020 announcement

31 Oct 2019

The timing of the general election may present real problems for employers with a 1 January pay review date.
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Conservatives pledge £10.50 national living wage from age 21

30 Sep 2019

Sajid Javid has pledged to increase the national living wage to £10.50 an hour and lower the age at which...

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Young and old most likely to miss out on paid holiday and payslips

16 Sep 2019

The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...

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Improve collective bargaining or face Victorian conditions: TUC

5 Sep 2019

UK workers risk being subjected to 19th-century working conditions if the balance of power is not reset between employers and their staff.

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Give workers more holiday to stimulate economic growth, report urges

12 Aug 2019

Increasing minimum holiday entitlement and wages would help solve the UK’s productivity crisis and stimulate economic growth, a think tank...

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Football clubs under fire over staff’s low pay

9 Aug 2019

Premier League clubs have been slow to seek Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Proportion of workers in low-paid roles at a 40-year low

30 May 2019

The government is on track to eliminate low pay by the middle of the next decade, analysis has found.

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Pay awards overtaken by inflation

23 May 2019

The recent jump in the retail prices index (RPI) to 3% means that pay awards are falling slightly behind inflation,...

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Four in 10 staff unaware of paid travel time entitlement

8 May 2019

Four in 10 workers wrongly believe they are not entitled to a minimum wage for the time they spend travelling...

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Chancellor considers world’s highest minimum wage

7 May 2019

The Chancellor is considering introducing what would become the world’s highest minimum wage in a bid to end low pay...

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