News that there is to be a substantial increase to the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage is welcome for low paid workers across the country.
At 24-7 Staffing, we’re delighted with the decision, announced in the Budget by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, that there will be an inflation-busting increase from next April.
As recruiters specialising in some of the lowest paid sectors of our economy – including healthcare and industrial – this is very good news for our candidates.
From April, workers aged over 23 will see an increase in the National Living Wage to £9.50 an hour, from £8.91. This means a full-time worker will get £1,074 extra a year before tax.
Those aged 21 to 22, entitled to the National Minimum Wage, will see a rise from £8.36 to £9.18 an hour. The Apprentice Rate will increase from £4.30 to £4.81 an hour.
The changes have been made on the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission, and represent a 6.6% increase in the National Living Wage.
At 24-7 Staffing, we’re proud to say that when the National Living Wage was introduced in 2016 we took the decision not to discriminate against any of our candidates on the basis of their age, in line with our equality and diversity policy. This means, we pay all our staff and candidates at least the National Living Wage, regardless of their age.
We believe this increase will make a welcome difference to those on low pay, who carry out such vital roles. We are not just talking about carers, who look after elderly and vulnerable people in our communities, but the hundreds of lower paid key workers who have been so essential in ensuring our economy keeps running through the Covid pandemic.
We’ve written about the well-publicised shortage of workers in some of the sectors we represent – driving and commercial as well as healthcare and industrial.
We hope this wage increase will entice some people into considering these really worthwhile careers.
If you work in healthcare, driving, commercial or industrial, or are looking to switch to these sectors, we would love to hear from you. At 24-7 Staffing, we specialise in helping our clients and our candidates find a perfect match, across Chippenham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Bristol and the South West. To talk to our expert team, please get in touch.