How did firms pay for the big pay rise in 2016? Through productivity and price rises, not job losses

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Wages & Income

2016 marked the introduction of a big, controversial new player on the political economy scene, whose influence is set to grow and grow over the next four years. No, this isn’t a blog about President-Elect Trump. For millions of low earners across the UK, another development has had an even bigger impact. The National Living … Continued

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Clearing up the confusion around the National Living Wage

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The National Living Wage, the blockbuster announcement of the Summer Budget, is a hugely welcome move on low pay. But we’re now four months away from its introduction and, as a new government poll reveals, many businesses are not prepared for it. The awareness raising campaign launched today is a good start towards addressing that … Continued

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The national living wage brings public sector complications

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Since its announcement at the summer Budget, the National Living Wage (NLW) has rarely been out of the headlines. We’ve heard employer warnings on its impacts as well as some firms going one better and bumping their staff up to the ‘real’ Living Wage. But what’s received less media attention is how the public sector … Continued

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Is today’s minimum wage rise the calm before the storm?

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It’s a cliché but if a week is a long time in politics, the seven months since the announcement of today’s increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) feels like an eternity. Back in March, the announcement that the minimum wage would rise by 20p to £6.70 an hour felt a little cautious given it … Continued

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A £6.70 minimum wage – how ambitious a rise is it?

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The Low Pay Commission, the body tasked with advising the government on the national minimum wage’s (NMW) annual increase, has recommended it rise by just over 3 per cent, from £6.50 to £6.70, from October 2015. The second in its “new phase” of above-inflation rises after years of falling in real terms, any real increase … Continued

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