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Review of the minimum wage in Jersey 2022

DepartmentStrategic Policy, Planning and Performance
Start date20/06/2022
End date05/08/2022
Type of consultationGreen paper
Deadline for comments05/08/2022

About the consultation

The deadline for responses to the Employment Forum consultation on the future level of the minimum wage in Jersey has been extended from 31 July to 5 August 2022.

The Social Security Minister has now asked the Forum to consider an additional question on an initial rise in the level of the main minimum wage rate to £10 an hour from 1 October 2022, and to express its views to the Minister. This is a question which did not form part of the original survey.

The Minister has also asked the Forum to consider whether further action will be needed in January 2023, including exploring the question of a rise in short time to the minimum wage target agreed by the previous States Assembly of two thirds of the average median wage, which would equate to an hourly rate on current estimates of just under £10.80.

The Forum invites those organisations and individuals who have already contributed their views on the minimum wage rate and those who are yet to do so to consider these additional questions, and in particular asks for views on the appropriate future hourly rates between the current hourly rate of £9.22 and £10.80. The original survey will not be amended, but views can be sent to the Secretary to the Forum, Nic Turner, at E.Forum@gov.je

Additional questions for respondents

Do you agree or disagree that the Government should take steps to increase the main minimum wage rate to £10 an hour from 1 October 2022? Give your reasons.

"Do you agree or disagree that the Government should move as quickly as possible to an hourly rate figure that corresponds to two-thirds of the average median wage, currently around £10.80? Give your reasons.

About the consulation

The customary annual cycle of minimum wage reviews undertaken by the employment forum was disrupted by Covid 19. As a result, earlier in 2021, the minister for social security conducted her own public consultation on various minimum wage issues including the timing and level of the next minimum wage increase. The minister sought and received approval from the states assembly for regulations under the covid-19 (enabling provisions)(Jersey) law 2020 to allow her to proceed with a minimum wage increase on 1 January 2022.

The Covid regulations, approved by the assembly on 8 October 2021, enabled the minister to set the minimum wage rate at £9.22 per hour, an increase of 10.8% on the previous figure of £8.32 per hour, achieving the target of 45% of mean average earnings previously agreed by the states assembly.

The current minimum wage rate was implemented on 1 January 2022. This was the first rise in the minimum wage rate since 2020. Ordinarily, the employment forum would have consulted, at the minister's direction, on the future level of the minimum wage.

The employment law requires the forum, as part of the minimum wage and offset rate-setting process, to consult "such organisations representative of employers as they think fit; such organisations representative of employees as they think fit; and, if they think fit, any other body or person" before making a recommendation to the social security minister (Article 20(4) of the employment (Jersey) Law 2003).

Background paper: Consultation by the employment forum on the level of the minimum wage for 1 January 2023

How to submit comments to the consultation

​You can respond to the consultation until 31 July 2022 in the following ways:

Minimum wage review survey

Minimum wage review consultation

Minimum wage review printable survey

Respond by emailing Nic Turner on n.turner@gov.je

Personal data provided in response to this consultation will be dealt with in accordance with our Employment Forum privacy policy.

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