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Low Pay Commission's 2011 report

The Low Pay Commission has welcomed the Government's confirmation yesterday that from October 2011 the National Minimum Wage will increase in line with its recommendations.

From 1st October, the adult minimum wage rate will increase from £5.93 to £6.08 an hour, the Youth Development Rate will rise from £4.92 to £4.98 an hour and the 16 - 17 Year Old Rate will increase from £3.64 to £3.68 an hour. The Apprentice Rate will also increase from £2.50 to £2.60 an hour.

Speaking shortly after the Goverment's announcement, The Chair of the Low Pay Commission, David Norgrove said:

"Our recommendations this year are, as ever, based on sound economic evidence and take account of the prospects for the UK economy. The UK economy is forecast to grow, but the pace is uncertain. We believe our recommendations are appropriate and balance the needs of low-paid workers and the challenges faced by businesses.

"The position of young people in the labour market continues to be of concern. Their employment prospects have suffered more than adults. We recommended a lower increase for young people in order to help protect their labour market position.

"We received evidence this year which indicated a number of employers were ignoring minimum wage rules with regard to internships and some other forms of work experience. We believe raising awareness of the minimum wage rules and more effective enforcement are the best ways to tackle this misuse.

"Our recommendations have the unanimous support of Commissioners and we are pleased that the Government has accepted them".


8th April 2011

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