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Minimum Wage Set to Increase April 2017

In 2016 a National Living Wage was implemented by the previous Chancellor, George Osborne. It was set at £7.20 per hour, if you are over the age of 25 and not in the first year of an apprenticeship.

However, from April 2017 this is set to increase to £7.50. This means, if they work a standard working week, workers could be almost £600 a year better off.

The rise is applied across the board, see the table below for a full breakdown of the price increases.

However, while this is fantastic news for anyone currently living on minimum wage, this increase is not enough according to some. The current living wage is set at £7.20, however it has been calculated that the actual living wage is £8.45 per hour in most of the UK, and £9.75 in London.

So while this is a step in the right direction, some experts believe it is still not enough. Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

"We welcome any pay rise for low-paid workers, especially now in these uncertain times with speculations about food and other prices set to rise.

"The reality, however, is that a fifth of UK workers aren't paid enough to live on. There's still a gap between the Government minimum and our real Living Wage of £8.45 in the UK and £9.75 in London, which is based on what families need to earn to meet everyday costs.”

It is a point of pride that, for a long time, Juice have paid our temps more than the National Living Wage. We do this for several reasons, but the main one is that they simply deserve it. Whether we are fortunate, or whether we have crafted it, all the temporary workers on our books are fantastic at whatever they turn their hands to.

However, it is their attitude to work that really makes them stand out. As a testament to that, it is not uncommon for them to be offered full time positions at the end of their temporary contracts.

If you are in need of any temporary staff then just drop us a line on 01924 377 500. Juice Personnel is Wakefield largest independent recruitment solutions provider, and have provided staff to innumerable businesses all over the Yorkshire region.

 

Date

25 & over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18

Apprentice

Current Rate

£7.20

£6.95

£5.55

£4.00

£3.40

From 1 April 2017

£7.50

£7.05

£5.60

£4.05

£3.50

 

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"After working in transport for over 45 years, mostly as a hgv driver, I took an early retirement package, and decided to work as an Agency driver. I worked for a few agencies and then joined Juice. It is like working for a family company. Everyone is approachable, and helpful, and happy. I have now worked for Juice for over 3 years. I work a few days a week between holidays. Although I swap my days around, Juice always seem to find me work when I want it, working for companies that I like working for, and at times that suit me. I have never had a problem with my wages. Although I am now officially retired, I plan to continue working for a few years yet, and I have no intention of working for anyone other than Juice. In my opinion, they are the best agency around. "

Ron Harrison - Class 1 Driver

"Juice Personnel gave me a chance when I didn't have good references, they put me on a placement where I was able to show my skills and get an up to date reference. I really enjoyed working with juice and Viki through out my placement. Thanks Juice!"

Katherine Senior - Placed in a permanent position

"Wow, what can I say about Juice Personnel. Just that you are the ONLY agency that has ben honest and fair to me when I have been in need. I have always had swift responses, been offered fantastic opportunities and been provided with a friendly voice at the end of the phone too. When I lost my job you provided me with a temporary income that meant that I could worry a little less about accepting a job that I didn't want just to pay the bills, this was something I was passionate about. I cant really some up how I feel in to words, but a local, honest, friendly, but a professional company and without a doubt the best that I have ever come across and believe me, I have come across several in my career search. Your team are the only members of recruitment that I will allow on my linked in, think that's testimony to your company. Hope you can take something from the above."

Emma Hyman - Placed in a permanent position

"I have known and used Agency drivers through Lynn for about 10 years. I have found Lynn to be honest and trust worthy, if Lynn could not cover a slot that we needed she would say from the off and not keep us hanging around. We have all drivers assessed before they can drive one of our vehicles and this is an area where Lynn has always been good for us. She has always kept new drivers coming for assessment so we did not run short of drivers. We used to have up to 20 drivers a day, over 24 hours, seven days a week. I have used several agencies over the past few years and Lynn (Juice) has been one of the best and still is. Lynn has always given us a reliable service. So, if it's a reliable service that you are looking for, ring Lynn Mortimer and the team at Juice. "

Large Northern Supermarket Chain

"I approached Juice personnel in October 2014 looking for some temporary work. They were great to work with and found me a placement right away. This initially started as a temporary contract. After a few weeks the company offered me a permanent position working on reception on a part time basis. Since then, my personal circumstances have changed slightly and I applied recently for another position within the company on full time basis as a HR administrator. I was offered the position on a 3 month trail, which looks like it is now going to go permanent quite soon. I will probably be working with Juice again now as I will now be responsible for helping with the recruitment for the company. I am looking forward to working with Juice again. I am really enjoying my new role and I would like to thank all at Juice for all their help in finding me a great job and career. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to friends and family."

Tracy Johnson - Long Term Temporary worker

"Juice Personnel, is an extremely friendly, down to earth recruitment agency, whom I have used twice in my young professional career. The first being back in 2010, when I had first graduated and a little lost in the world of employment. They secured me a great temporary job, in which I had requested and in turn, developed in to a full time position. Since then, after moving on, traveling the world, I again found myself in the position of looking for a career change. I instantly remembered the amazing service and supportive nature of Juice and called them to help me find my current position. I cannot thank them enough for their helpful, friendly and supportive role, which they took in finding my new career and could not recommend them enough to others! Thank you Bex and the rest of Juice for all your efforts!"

Hannah Toon - Permanent Candidate

"Working with Juice has been so beneficial and advantageous as they will do anything with open arms to find the most suited job for you as they did for me. In my opinion they are unlike any other agency I have been with. They are very understanding of your previous employment and future employment and take into consideration what sort of field and environment you are wanting to work in. If you're ever unhappy with anything they will listen to your problems and solve them as quickly and as efficiently as possible. They are all very polite and lovely people to talk to and I've never been so happy or so settled in a job 2 days in, that they found me. An outstanding recruitment agency very recommended!"

Emily Duggan - Temporary to permanent

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