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.


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27 Nov 2018

Up to five million workers this year saw their pay rise after increases to the national living wage (NLW) were...

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23 Nov 2018

As many as half of employers are not aware that most unpaid internships are likely to be illegal, research has...

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‘Real’ Living Wage increases by 2.9% outside London

5 Nov 2018

The “real” Living Wage, the rate of pay set by the Living Wage Foundation, has increased 25 pence to £9...

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National living wage to increase nearly 5% from April 2019

29 Oct 2018

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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Nearly half of zero-hours workers want regular shifts

5 Oct 2018

Almost half of people on zero-hours contracts want to work more hours and in a more regular shift pattern, but...

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TUC study highlights low earnings and slams ‘sham’ self-employment

28 Sep 2018

Almost half of self-employed people aged over 25 are earning less than the minimum wage, according to new research.
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Record number of workers on national minimum wage being underpaid

24 Sep 2018

HM Revenue and Customs identified a record £15.6m in national minimum wage underpayment in 2017/18.
More than 200,000 workers were...

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Low-income families’ earnings do not cover basic needs

20 Aug 2018

Families with two parents working full time at the national living wage are 11% (£49 per week) short of the...

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Card Factory among minimum wage underpayment employers

6 Jul 2018

Card Factory, Odeon & UCI Cinema Group and Wyevale Garden Centres have been named among 239 employers found to have...

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MP to challenge ‘ageist’ national living wage in Commons

5 Jul 2018

A Labour MP is urging the government to end the exclusion of under 25s from the national living wage after...

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National living wage rises will hit head office, not shop floor

27 Jun 2018

Rises in the national living wage will cause job losses at retail head offices, rather than in customer-facing roles, a...

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Hermes drivers ruled as workers, not self-employed

25 Jun 2018

An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Hermes couriers are workers, rather than self-employed.

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Pay awards fail to rise above inflation

21 Jun 2018

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

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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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