National minimum wage 2009/2010: announcement expected “week beginning 11 May 2009″

The announcement of the level at which the national minimum wage is to be set for 2009/2010 – coming into effect from 1 October 2009 – is now expected to be made during “the week beginning 11 May 2009″. This is according to a representative of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) (external website), speaking to XpertHR earlier today (Friday 24 April 2009). It would consequently appear that a low or zero increase to the national minimum wage is ever more likely.

Earlier this week, Budget 2009 (PDF format, 2.52MB) stated that:

The LPC will publish their recommendations for October 2009 national minimum wage rates in May 2009.

The LPC spokesperson confirmed to XpertHR that the 2009 LPC report will be delivered to the Government on Friday 1 May 2009, with the Government’s announcement of the national minimum wage rate for 2009/2010 “understood” to be scheduled for “the week beginning 11 May 2009″.

As we reported in January 2009, this year’s national minimum wage decision has already been delayed by two months from its usual schedule. We noted at the time that:

This suggests that the eventual 2009 national minimum wage increase could be lower than those seen in recent years. [...] Delaying the announcement of this year’s increase by three months, while keeping the October 2009 implementation date unchanged, effectively cuts employers’ preparation time significantly. This suggests that the burden on employers’ paybills of meeting their national minimum wage obligations may not be severe.

Today’s update on the possible national minimum wage 2009/2010 announcement date will mean that affected employers will have only around four-and-a-half months to prepare.

And with the economy seemingly in freefall, unemployment rocketing and retail prices index (RPI) inflation plunging into negative territory, it appears increasingly probable that those covered by the national minimum wage can expect at best a minimal increase, at worst (but arguably more likely) a freeze in the statutory pay floor.

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21 Responses to National minimum wage 2009/2010: announcement expected “week beginning 11 May 2009″

  1. David Shepherd
    David Shepherd 27 April 2009 at 9:39 am #

    I understand that employers’ organisations argued very hard for a reduction in the national minimum wage this year in meetings with the Low Pay Commission, on the grounds that a cut would boost employment and help small businesses cope with the recession, while any increase would add to the numbers out of work. Whether or not the LPC recommends a reduction, I doubt the Government would accept a cut for political reasons. But given the state of the economy, a freeze surely has to be on the cards.

  2. Gill wallis 1 May 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Minimum wage is a must for low paid workers, prices rise and our wages dont cover that, our employer has taken our paid breaks and dinner hr off us, we wil be 50pound down in our wages every month, not fair, office workers stay the same

  3. Ellen Nixon 6 May 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    As a Branch Secretary of the union in a large food processing plant.we are low paid wokers on the mimium wage. It is a battle year after year negotiating with the company for a decent living wage to bring us in line with inflation. The cost of living is hitting us hard and members + workers are feeling the pinch. I think it is vital that the minium wage increase is a must for those low paid workers who deserve a decent wage for a hard days work.

  4. moneymouth77 8 May 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    Well, as long as the minimum wage IS increased, I don’t mind… this plus tips no longer being counted as part of minimum wage will do wonders for my payslip…

  5. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 8 May 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, moneymouth77. Sadly, an increase is by no means guaranteed – a minimum wage freeze for 2009/2010 unfortunately remains a distinct possibility.
    More on the TUC’s stance on the 2009/2010 national minimum wage: http://www.xperthr.co.uk/blogs/employment-intelligence/2009/05/national-minimum-wage-20092010-2.html

  6. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 8 June 2009 at 2:41 pm #

    Thank you for your query. Full details of the current national minimum wage, and of the new national minimum wage rates that will come into effect from 1 October 2009, can be found here: http://www.xperthr.co.uk/article/21415/national-minimum-wage.aspx

  7. NIGEL SMITH 30 August 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    WAGES SHOULD BE HIGHER FOR THE LOW PAID WORKERS AT LEAST 6.50 TO 7.00 PER HOUR IT WOULD BOOST THE ECO PEOPLE WOULD BUY MORE AND PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE COUNTRY

  8. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 1 September 2009 at 7:52 am #

    Thanks for your comment, Nigel. Earlier this year, the TUC argued that the adult rate should be at least £6.50 per hour by October 2010, although it should be borne in mind that this call was made before the October 2009 uprating was announced. My latest blog post on the national minimum wage looks at what we might expect from the October 2010 minimum wage increase: http://www.xperthr.co.uk/blogs/employment-intelligence/2009/09/what-can-we-expect-from-the-20.html

  9. BOSSS 12 September 2009 at 11:46 am #

    SAD SAD SAD SAD NEWS FOR WORKERS MIN MIN MINIMUM WAGES ONLY 1%

  10. BOSSS 12 September 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I THINK 1.2 % LOOK LIKE 0% zero increase

  11. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 13 September 2009 at 8:37 am #

    Thank you for your comment, Bosss. The national minimum wage is actually set to increase by 1.2% from 1 October 2009: http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2009/09/09/data-and-the-future-of-journalism-panel-discussion-linked-data-london/

  12. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 13 September 2009 at 8:39 am #

    Thank you for your comment, Bosss. Interesting take on the latest uprating, but the national minimum wage is actually set to increase by 1.2% from 1 October 2009: http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2009/09/09/data-and-the-future-of-journalism-panel-discussion-linked-data-london/

  13. BOSSS 14 September 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Very intesting web minimum wage, make sure they sad for uk minimum wage 7.39euro — this soures on web before crash british pound from 1£ was 1.44EURO now 1pound -1.07Euro .CURRENTLY MINIMUM WAGES NOW 5.95EURO CLIK http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,grossbild-1079499-530768,00.html

  14. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 14 September 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Thank you very much for your comment, Bosss. The link you have provided to an international comparison of minimum wage rates across Europe’s leading economies makes for particularly interesting reading.

  15. BOSSS 18 September 2009 at 12:23 am #

    I see some poor comment up e.x FOR THE LOW PAID WORKERS AT LEAST 6.50 TO 7.00 PER HOUR .the cost life on the top on Eu , uk more than expensiv eny contry EU .The national minimum wage is actually is just over 6euro per hour most of contry EU fare fare better on minimum wage fare less tax paid ,better standaret life .who is not sure visit this link http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,grossbild-1079499-530768,00.html
    the link shou the fake minimum wage for uk 7.39euro .The national minimum wage is actually 5.73£ convert to euro only over 6euro.uk the less holiday days pay than EU contrys.

  16. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 18 September 2009 at 5:20 am #

    Thank you for your latest comment on the national minimum wage, Bosss. The link to the website of Der Spiegel is extremely interesting, but readers should note that the article to which it relates is from January 2008.

  17. BOSSS 18 September 2009 at 10:17 am #

    on may comment you change my web or link this is correkt link on i post. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,grossbild-1079499-530768,00.html
    thanks .

  18. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 18 September 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve corrected the link as it appeared in your earlier comment now.

  19. Narendra 13 October 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Dear Sir,

    Please sent me UP MInimum wages October 2009 to 31 March 2009 till

  20. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 14 October 2009 at 5:14 am #

    Dear Narendra

    Full details of the latest national minimum wage rates, which are current from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010, can be found here: http://www.xperthr.co.uk/article/21415/national-minimum-wage.aspx

    Kind regards

    Michael Carty

  21. Conor Mcdermott 2 March 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    If the banks are giving them selfs huge pay raises it is about time every low paid worker got a pay rise of at least £7.50 an hour and at least 35 paid holidays of a year and employer can not influence any of it or water it down and all the greedy bankers should get there money taxed on 80% tax rate so people on lower pay can have more money to put back into the economy like buying cars houses and big Tvs and going out to a meal mps should take a pay cut off 10% because they are bunch of greedy men also

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