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Minimum wage to rise to £7.50

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

The National Living Wage (NLW) is to increase by 4.2% from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour from April 2017, the Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

The National Living Wage was launched in April 2016 under then-Chancellor George Osborne for all working people aged 25 and over.

Hammond announced the increase as part of his first Autumn Statement today.

He said the move will mean a pay rise worth over £500 a year for full time workers.

The National Living Wage is different to the National Minimum Wage, which applies to those under the age of 25.

In total, earnings for a full-time worker on the National Minimum Wage will have increased by over £1,400 a year since the introduction of the National Living Wage in April. according to the Treasury.

The government also announced an additional £4.3m a year investment to strengthen National Minimum Wage enforcement. This will fund new HM Revenue and Customs teams to proactively review employers considered most at risk of non-compliance.