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Biggest minimum wage rise in 10 years given go-ahead

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THE minimum wage is set to rise by 6.9 per cent next year after the Social Security Minister accepted recommendations for an above-inflation increase.

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It will be the largest increase in the minimum wage in a decade – raising it to £8.02 per hour by October next year.

Earlier this month, the Employment Forum – which reviews and advises on the minimum wage – released a report calling for the 6.9 per cent increase to be introduced in two phases.

Under the recommendations, the minimum wage would go up 38p in April next year and by a further 14p in October. The current minimum wage is £7.50.

And Social Security Minister Judy Martin has accepted the recommendations and confirmed law drafting will now take place.

She said: 'Having considered the forum's very detailed recommendation, the minister appreciates the difficult balance that must be achieved by the forum in reaching a recommendation.

'Within the context of the evidence this year, the minister is satisfied that the forum has recommended an appropriate overall increase to be applied in two stages.

'The minister is pleased to take forward the biggest minimum wage increase in ten years, which will give a real terms wage increase for thousands of employees in Jersey.'

Richard Heath

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