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Biggest National Living Wage Increase Comes Into Effect

Posted: 09th April 2019 in Pre-employment Screening

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Employees on the National Living Wage (NLW) will see the figure on their payslips increase by nearly five per cent, making it the biggest growth since the scheme was first introduced.

Salaries will rise to £8.21 per hour, meaning full-time workers on NLW will receive £2,750 a year more than they did when it was launched in 2015.

This will impact 1.8 million workers in the UK, allowing them to take home an extra £690 a year.

Business minister Kelly Tolhurt said: “Since the National Living Wage was announced in 2015, it has helped protect the lowest paid – increasing faster than inflation and average earnings.”

She went on to say: “We are determined to end low pay and workers get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”

As well as increasing the NLW, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) has been boosted to £7.70 per hour for those aged 21 to 24, and to £6.15 for 18 to 20-year-olds.

This rise means the UK’s minimum wage is increasing at a faster speed than other countries with a similar rate of pay, including Belgium, Germany and France.

Of course, before employers can accept someone for a role, it is important to provide pre-employment screening tests to ascertain if the candidate is right for the job.

The NLW and NMW boost are not the only employment reforms the government introduced at the beginning of April, as it has made changes to the State Pension, Maternity Allowance, disability and carers’ benefit, and University Credit.

As of April 6th, the full basic State Pension increased by 2.6 per cent to £129.20 a week, representing a growth of £1,640 a year since 2010.

Those on Maternity Allowance will also receive more money, with this funding increasing from £145.18 to £148.68 per week.