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 awards fail to rise above inflation

The median pay rise awarded by employers was 2.5% over the past three months – a level that has remained...

Carphone Warehouse closes stores as Pret staff get £1000 bonus

30 May 2018

Carphone Warehouse is to close 92 stores after the retailer became the latest to issue a profit warning, amid continuing...

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MPs press for action over Sainsbury’s pay and contract review

22 May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to take action over an “array of deplorable decisions” that MPs say will...

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More than 200,000 workers to get back pay after NMW investigations

10 May 2018

HM Revenue and Customs has secured back pay for more than 200,000 workers who did not receive the minimum wage,...

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Wagamama and Marriott Hotels failed to pay national minimum wage

9 Mar 2018

Wagamama, Marriott Hotels and TGI Fridays are among almost 180 employers that have been named by the Government for failing...

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Rising national living wage puts routine jobs at risk of automation

4 Jan 2018

The rising national living wage could leave some routine jobs at risk of automation, according to a report by the...

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What you might have missed: Christmas and New Year round-up

2 Jan 2018

The first day back at work for many is an inevitable struggle after a much-deserved break over Christmas. But what...

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Five employment law developments to watch out for in 2018

22 Dec 2017

2018 sees a number of significant domestic employment law developments, including the response to the Taylor report, delayed as the...

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Budget 2017: National living wage rise confirmed at £7.83

22 Nov 2017

There were few surprises for employers in today’s budget, the first delivered since the snap general election in June.
Chancellor...

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TUC calls for overhaul of minimum wage rates

8 Nov 2017

The TUC is calling on the Government to raise the national living wage to £10 “as quickly as possible” and...

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Living Wage increases to £8.75 per hour

6 Nov 2017

Living Wage employers will pay their staff at least £8.75 per hour across the UK and £10.20 in London, it...

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Sleep-in payback scheme described as “suicide note” for social care employers

2 Nov 2017

A government scheme designed to help social care providers comply with minimum wage legislation has been described as a “suicide...

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A quarter of workers are stuck with low pay

19 Oct 2017

A quarter of low paid workers in the UK are stuck in poorly paid jobs, according to the Social Mobility...

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Under-25s earn less for doing the same work, argues charity

11 Oct 2017

Workers aged under 25 are missing out on up to nearly £6,300 per year because they’re not entitled to the...

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National minimum wage: Avoid the pitfalls of pay averaging

21 Aug 2017

Earlier this year it was reported that John Lewis set aside £36 million to compensate for a potential national minimum...

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