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2.7 million low-paid workers benefit from the minimum wage increase

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The government raises the National Living Wage by a historic amount, helping 2.7 million of the lowest-paid people in the country.

With immediate effect, the base pay rate increases from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour for employees who are 21 years of age or older, instead of the previous age limit of 23.

Younger workers will also benefit from this salary increase, which will increase their earning potential.

Although many businesses may benefit financially from this trend, others are concerned about increased labor costs that could affect pricing strategies.

Among the noteworthy modifications are:

  • An adult worker on minimum wage who works full-time could earn an additional £1,800 a year.
  • 21-year-olds moving up to the primary rate receive a wage boost of £2,300.
  • For individuals aged 18 to 20, the minimum wage increases to £8.60 per hour from £7.49.
  • Apprentice hourly wages jump, rising from £5.28 to £6.40, an increase of more than 20%.

Salford resident Samuel, a worker at the Grindsmith coffee shop, thanks the employer for the pay raise, recalling times when he had trouble making ends meet due to growing living expenses.

Driven by worries about the rising expense of living, the Low Pay Commission made recommendations that resulted in the decision to raise the minimum wage.

Director and co-founder of Grindsmith Peter Gibson acknowledges the pressure on businesses and the knock-on effect on pay throughout the organization. Measures like price modifications and possible staff hour reductions are being considered as a way to offset rising costs.

Minister of business and trade Kevin Hollinrake highlights the benefits that rising salaries for companies bring to millions of people, but he also recognizes the difficulties they present.

The Resolution Foundation applauds the wage increase, calling it a key economic policy success story and noting a 7.8% real-term increase and a 9.8% cash-term gain since the wage’s introduction in 1999.

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