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1 April 2016 0 Comments
Posted in Employment, Opinion

New Wage Hike for Over 25s

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Employers will be digging into their pockets again following today’s introduction of the National Living Wage for workers over 25, writes Employment Partner Gemma Ospedale.   Some 1.3 million full and part time workers will benefit from the National Living Wage which is currently set at £7.20 per hour.  Food and Fashion retailers and the hospitality sector will be the hardest hit.  Some business leaders have condemned the compulsory increase in wages, claiming that it will lead to significant job cuts.   The National Living Wage sits alongside the National Minimum Wage, and represents a top up for workers over 25.  A new team of compliance officers in HMRC will investigate the most serious cases of employers not paying the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.  The team will have the power to use all available sanctions, including penalties, prosecutions and naming and shaming the most exploitative employers.  Penalties for non payment of the NLW and NMW are to be doubled.

The current wages rates are as follows:


Over 25 (NLW) – £7.20 per hour

21-24  –  £6.70 per hour

18-20  –  £5.30 per hour

16-17  –  £3.87 per hour


Apprentices – £3.30

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