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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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