Minimum wage up by 15p to £6.08

 
Bank notes The increase takes account of the current economic uncertainty

The minimum wage has gone up, with the main rate for adults aged 21 or over rising by 15p to £6.08 an hour.

The development rate - for those aged 18 to 20 - goes up by 6p to £4.98 an hour, for 16 and 17-year-olds it rises by 4p to £3.68 an hour and the hourly apprentice rate rises by 10p to £2.60.

The TUC welcomed the rise but Unison said the rates were still too low.

The minimum wage was introduced in 1999 at £3.60 an hour for adults, and is set each year by the Low Pay Commission.

New laws from 1 October

  • Default retirement age of 65 ends
  • Minimum wage increases
  • New rules for paying agency workers

The commission recommended this year's increase in a report to the government in April.

It said the increases would balance the needs of low-paid workers and their employers facing difficulties during a period of economic uncertainty.

As levels of youth unemployment are relatively high, it recommended a lower increase for young workers than for their older counterparts, to try to encourage employers to keep them on.

The TUC it estimated the increases would benefit nearly 900,000, mainly female, workers.

The general secretary of the public sector union, Unison, said £8 an hour was needed to provide a living wage.

"The rise to £6.08 is a welcome cushion, but with the price of everyday essentials such as food, gas and electricity going up massively, it won't lift enough working people out of the poverty trap," Dave Prentis said.

As a result, he called on employers to pay more than the absolute minimum.

 

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    Comment number 145.

    @131 'Monkey Magic'. You are quoting a 'cab' driver who told you they took £28 for 9hr shift. Was the driver private hire working with a fleet of other private hire cabs with drivers that say the same? That's biz speak.

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    Comment number 144.

    129.
    Cynical_Alan
    Min weekday wage is $19.40, around £12.85ph
    ___

    Also, i'd like to clarify that IF £12.85ph were true, it is still NOWHERE NEAR the £18ph you originally posted. The ACTUAL min in AUS is not much over HALF what you posted, and your updated WRONG figure is still only around 2/3 of what you posted... Straws?

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    Comment number 143.

    WoW a 2.6% pay rise people should be greatful
    I have not had a pay rise in 2 years but this year I am to get a Whopping 1% pay rise taking me to £8.08p ph theres little chance of over time so i have to struggle to pay everything leaving me nothing left each week! and with inflation and utility bills constantly rising how are we going to live! Its time the government did something for its people!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 142.

    15p an hour. Surely that's going backwards.

    Let's hope granny leaves a house to sell 'cos that's the only way most young people will ever be able to own their own home or even afford to rent one.

    Perhaps its time if wages can't go up property prices have to come down just to balance things out again.

    Lower mortage and rent costs mean more money to spend.

    Now there's a thought.

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    Comment number 141.

    @127 Rob

    They justified the minimum wage on the basis that employers were "exploiting their workers", even though the employer and employee voluntarily agreed to the wage.

    Before the minimum wage, cheap employment provided vital work experience for young people and inexperienced people - But now those people go on benefits and become dependant on the state. The minimum wage really is horrible.

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    Comment number 140.

    A full £6 a week?
    "By my troth, Dave, thou hast an open hand."



    Shakespear, 12th Night.

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    Comment number 139.

    Dave Prentiss calling on employers to pay more than the minimum wage, he may as well ask the Red sea to part, more like a kanute than a moses me thinks.

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    Comment number 138.

    The Real Problem is the EXPLOITED ON minimum wage get 15 p wage increase ( pitiful and INSULTING )

    While FAT CAT BOSS GET'S £15OO INCREASE CRYING THAT HE CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THE MINIMUM WAGE

    FOOLED AGAIN AND AGAIN !

  • rate this
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    Comment number 137.

    120. Green Future

    "I cannot see how anyone can live on £6 an hour will out a lot benefits from the Government."

    Ask a few pensioners - you'd soon find out how to survive - just

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    Comment number 136.

    129.
    Cynical_Alan
    Check your facts!
    ___

    I did, i checked with the AUS ombudsman http://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/national-minimum-wage/pages/default.aspx it took no more than 30 seconds, and again, your facts are WRONG!
    What some companies pay above that min is up to them, even different weekend rates, so it's up to you, post FACTS or carry on proving why you should be ignored!

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    Comment number 135.

    If the minimum wage is over £6 an hour surely £60 a week for job seekers allowance is way too low.

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    Comment number 134.

    129.
    Cynical_Alan
    3 Minutes ago

    Min weekday wage is $19.40
    Check your facts!

    No they got a $19.40 increase per week not an increase to $19.40 per hour.

    http://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/national-minimum-wage/pages/default.aspx

    Thats the Australian Government Fairwork Ombudsman website. It states "Australia's minimum wage is $15.51 per hour". Check your facts.

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    Comment number 133.

    @128 Cosmologic

    It doesn't matter if it's less than the rate of inflation. The fact is that if the employer could financially justify employing people at the previous rate, but simply cannot financially justify employing people at the new rate, then those people are going to become unemployed. The minimum wage destroys jobs by pricing cheaper jobs out of existence - that's a fact you can't deny.

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    Comment number 132.

    Minimum wage @ £6.08 per hour = £243.20 a week/£972.80 a month/£11,673.60 per annum before deductions.

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    Comment number 131.

    Increase in the minimum wage is always welcomed, but like a lot of People here have stated there are still people earning lower than MW, for example I spoke to cab driver the other week who is paid on 40% commission he took home £28 for 9 hr shift although he never had a lot of fares he still sit in his cab for 9hrs? I expect their are a lot of people in the same predicament!

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    Comment number 130.

    Mikey twigge 123,....... As easy as that eh!, perhaps if people were made to work for no wages at all this would help the small buisnesses, what a wonderful idea, after you sir.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 129.

    116.Rodders
    "Min wage Australia is $15.51 ph, ..."

    Min weekday wage is $19.40, around £12.85ph, Weekends higher. Service industries, restaurants etc respond by closing on Sundays and looking for staff under 16 for casual weekend work. Fact! Have family in hospitality trade - shortened hours and laid off staff, otherwise they would have to close down!


    Check your facts!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 128.

    121. Whitefall
    It's terrible news because now all those people whom would have been employed at the old min wage rate, now find themselves unemployed because their labour is too expensive for their employer to keep them employed….
    -#-
    Ghastly nonsense – the increase is less than the rate of inflation, hence the cost has actually gone down in real terms.

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    Comment number 127.

    If minimum wage doesn't rise with the government's acknowledged rate of inflation, then what is the purpose of the minimum wage in the first place?

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    Comment number 126.

    The government doesn't have a right to force employers to pay their workers a minimum wage. Businesses belong to their owner(s) and NOT to the government - therefore the right to set wages rightly belongs to the owner.

    This is of course just one of a multitude of ways in which the government violates property rights. Really, anyone who advocates such violations is an extremely immoral individual.

 

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