Consultation on the national living wage and the national minimum wage

Close date: 29 July 2016

The Low Pay Commission consults on various aspects of the national minimum wage. The Commission's remit this year includes evaluating the national living wage as well as the national minimum wage and making recommendations on the rates to apply from April 2017, when the uprating of the rates aligns. In relation to the national minimum wage rates, for those aged under 25 and apprentices, it is reviewing the contribution that the national minimum wage could make to employment prospects and in particular the job prospects of young people. It is not reviewing job losses in relation to the national living wage, as it is accepted that the national living wage may result in job losses.

Its remit includes advising on the growth rate of the national minimum wage with a view to helping as many low paid workers as possible without damaging their job prospects, and advising on the growth rate of the national living wage to achieve its target of 60% of median earnings by 2020, subject to sustained economic growth.
Consultation document: Consultation on the national living wage and the national minimum wage