12 July 2010
People in Jersey are being asked whether the minimum wage should be increased next year as part of a review that's been issued by the Employment Forum today (12 July). The forum is also considering whether to recommend a lower minimum wage rate for young people.
Copies of the review papers can be obtained from the Town Hall, the Social Security Department, and the town and mobile libraries. Electronic copies are available from the States of Jersey website, by email or by telephoning +44 (0) 1534 447204. Portuguese and Polish translations are available.
The papers include:
- a background document giving details of previous minimum wage reviews and minimum wages in other countries
- a survey which is suitable for all types of respondents (including employers, employees, trade unions, employers’ associations and advisory bodies)
- a second survey designed to be answered by minimum wage earning employees
Chair of the Employment Forum, David Robinson, said “We encourage all members of the public to respond to our survey. We would particularly like to hear from employees who receive the minimum wage and employers who pay the minimum wage. This year, we have made it easier for the public to send their comments to the forum.”
Responses must be received by 27 August 2010 to allow time for the comments to be fully considered before the forum must present its recommendations to the Social Security minister.
Mr Robinson also said “The forum recently advertised for an ‘independent’ representative but we did not manage to recruit. This is a difficult position to fill as we are keen to find a new member with a background in economics, statistics or the labour market. If any member of the public feels that they may be suitable for the role, I would ask them to email us for more details about the role.”
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