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.


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

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

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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Almost half a million staff paid below the legal minimum

26 Apr 2019

Almost half a million people were paid less than the hourly minimum wage they were entitled to in 2017/18, according...

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A Great British success story: the national minimum wage

1 Apr 2019

Last October, chancellor Philip Hammond, trumpeting the end of austerity in his Budget address, told MPs that the national living...

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National minimum wage: What are employers getting wrong?

1 Apr 2019

Two decades after its introduction, many employers are still getting caught out by the rules surrounding the national minimum wage....

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Workers between 21 and 24 missing out on £200m a year

1 Apr 2019

As the national minimum wage celebrates its 20th anniversary, the TUC has claimed that young workers could be missing out...

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Supermarket workers earn most in retail sector

28 Mar 2019

Supermarket workers earn the best rates in the retail sector, according to new analysis from Incomes Data Research.
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April 2019 employment law changes: Seven things for HR to do

18 Mar 2019

Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet....

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Spring statement: minimum wage review and early apprenticeship reforms

13 Mar 2019

All the employment highlights from the Chancellor's spring statement...

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National living wage to increase nearly 5% from April 2019

20 Feb 2019

The national living wage, the statutory national minimum wage for those aged 25 and over, will increase 4.9% from 1...

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Retailers call for a halt to ‘unreasonable’ HMRC minimum wage enforcement

18 Feb 2019

HMRC should end investigations of 'reasonable pay practices' according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Impact of UK minimum wage rises on automation ‘modest’

1 Feb 2019

Minimum wage rises may lead to job losses as employers turn to automation to keep costs down. But so far...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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