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Recommendation for minimum wage to increase by 2% in April 2011

28 September 2010

The Employment Forum has recommended that the minimum wage should increase to £6.32 per hour from 1 April next year.

The forum also recommended:

  • no lower minimum wage for young people aged 16 to 18
  • 2% increase in the trainee rate
  • 2% increase in the maximum amounts that an employer may offset against the minimum wage for accommodation, or accommodation and food 

Chair of the Employment Forum, David Robinson, said “Looking at the economic advice and statistics available (low average earnings growth in 2010 and increasing unemployment) the forum’s priority was the same as last year - to avoid jeopardising jobs in an already weak employment market. The forum recognised the concerns of employers about unmanageable increases and has balanced this against the need for an increase in wages in view of a greater increase in the cost of living than average earnings.”

The Social Security Minister will consider the forum’s recommendations and will announce his response as soon as possible.

You can download a copy of the forum's full recommendation below, or request copies via email or by phone on +44 (0) 1534 447204. 

Email the employment forum team
Download Employment Forum minimum wage recommendation (size 236kb) 

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