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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‘Emergency brake’ on minimum wage rises may be needed

1 Apr 2020

As the national living wage rate increases by more than 6%, the economic uncertainty posed by the coronavirus means the...

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Delay increase to national living wage, says IFS

26 Mar 2020

The government should delay next month’s rise in the national living wage in order to protect jobs in the midst...

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Budget 2020: National living wage to hit 66% median earnings by 2024

11 Mar 2020

The Low Pay Commission has been tasked ensuring that the national living wage reaches two-thirds of median earnings by 2024....

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Minimum wage underpayment arrears jump 50%

20 Feb 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ policing of the national living wage and national minimum wage has identified a record amount of...

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‘Perverse’ minimum wage enforcement replaced by ‘proportionate’ approach

11 Feb 2020

The government has abandoned its previously “pedantic” regime.

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Key London NHS trust to directly employ 1,000 services workers

31 Jan 2020

NHS trust moves to 'insource' 1,000 cleaners, porters and catering staff previously on minimum wage.

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

8 Jan 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...

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Tougher deterrents needed to end minimum wage underpayment

8 Jan 2020

Sanctions for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage are not tough enough and there needs to be a...

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Employers cautious over steep 2020 minimum wage rises

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.

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Pay award levels increase to 2.8% in autumn months

21 Nov 2019

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

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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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