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    1. March 30, 2016

      UK companies look for loopholes around living wage

      Britain’s employers are shifting to more flexible work contracts while cutting overtime, bonuses and other staff perks...

    2. March 29, 2016

      George Osborne’s ‘radical and untested’ pay policy divides experts

      George Osborne’s decision to sharply increase Britain’s minimum wage is a “radical and untested policy” that he should...

    1. March 29, 2016

      World watches Britain’s ‘living wage’ experiment

      “I feel as though I have died and gone to heaven,” said Britain’s skills minister in a recent speech, as he prepares to...

    2. March 14, 2016

      Living wage will be ‘stretch’ for economy, say official advisers

      George Osborne’s plan to force up minimum wage will be “stretching” for the economy and could threaten the viability of...

    3. December 14, 2015

      Raising minimum wage will cost private-sector employers £1bn

      George Osborne’s decision to raise the minimum wage sharply next year will cost private-sector employers about £1bn,...

    4. November 30, 2015

      Success of living wage gamble will depend on employers’ response

      George Osborne may have backtracked on cutting tax credits in the Autumn Statement but he is ploughing on with plans to...

    5. November 18, 2015

      Minimum wage prompts employers to boost productivity

      Half of all employers expect to be affected by next year’s steep increase in Britain’s minimum wage, prompting many to...

    6. November 9, 2015

      UK’s minimum wage plan could hurt employment, OECD warns

      George Osborne’s plan to increase the minimum wage risks undermining the UK government’s success in pushing down...

    7. October 23, 2015

      Minimum wage crackdown highlights enforcement challenge

      When the government “named and shamed” 115 companies this week that failed to pay workers the minimum wage, including...

    8. October 4, 2015

      Minimum wage shake-up tests Low Pay Commission

      Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to force up the UK’s minimum wage over the next five years will give the...

    9. September 23, 2015

      Regions face threat of job losses from ‘living wage’

      The steep rise in the minimum wage could widen the disparity between the fortunes of London and the rest of the country...

    10. September 15, 2015

      Higher UK minimum wage is affordable, says think-tank

      A higher UK minimum wage that takes effect in April will increase the country’s total pay bill 0.6 per cent, according...

    11. September 10, 2015

      George Osborne feels business backlash over ‘bold’ pay policy

      When George Osborne set out his plan for a “national living wage” in the Summer Budget, it was lavished with political...

    12. September 10, 2015

      George Osborne’s living wage is step into unknown, experts warn

      Are the CBI employers’ group and companies such as Next, Manpower and Whitbread simply bleating when they complain...

    13. July 9, 2015

      Osborne catches Low Pay Commission off guard

      George Osborne gave the independent body that sets the UK’s minimum wage rate almost no warning that he was to announce...

    14. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne makes bold bet with ‘living wage’

      George Osborne has made a bold bet that he can force employers to pay higher wages to millions of workers without...

    15. July 8, 2015

      Summer Budget: Osborne’s minimum wage gamble on jobs

      The sharp hike in the minimum wage in the Budget was a shock, but it was true to form for the UK chancellor of the...

    16. Off Message

      July 6, 2015

      Tax credits and 'saloon bar economics'

      Why are some employees paid a low wage? In the run up to the UK Budget on Wednesday, some commentators are arguing that...

    17. March 17, 2015

      UK apprentices awarded 20% pay increase

      Pay for apprentices will jump by a fifth from October after the government decided to do ignore advice from the Low Pay...

    18. The World

      February 26, 2015

      Greece: in search of the perfect job market

      The stable of fictitious beasts from Greek mythology acquired a new inmate this week, unveiled in the letter from the...

    19. February 23, 2015

      Low Pay Commission urges 3% rise in UK minimum wage

      The Low Pay Commission has recommended a 3 per cent increase in the UK minimum wage to £6.70 an hour, the biggest...

    20. January 8, 2015

      TUC says 250,000 workers paid less than minimum wage

      A quarter of a million UK workers are being paid less than the legal minimum wage, according to an estimate by the...

    21. November 13, 2014

      Labour tries to placate business over minimum wage

      Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has pledged that a Labour government would not dictate a rise in the minimum...

    22. September 21, 2014

      Miliband pledges to raise UK minimum wage to £8 an hour

      Business leaders criticised Ed Miliband’s pledge to lift the UK’s national minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020, saying...

    23. May 25, 2014

      Low pay body caught up in jostling by politicians

      Born amid fears that its actions could destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, the UK’s Low Pay Commission – which...

    24. May 19, 2014

      Leave politics out of minimum wages

      As the recovery gathers pace, several countries are looking at introducing or lifting minimum wages to appeal to the...

    25. May 19, 2014

      Business chiefs hostile to Labour’s minimum wage pledge

      Business chiefs have given a hostile reception to Labour’s promise to raise the national minimum wage significantly if...

    26. FT Alphaville

      May 19, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has a look at the stubborn refusal of bond yields to rise. NEWS AstraZeneca...

    27. May 19, 2014

      Ed Miliband to vow minimum wage rise if he wins general election

      Ed Miliband will fight the next election on a promise to “significantly increase” the national minimum wage as the...

    28. April 7, 2014

      Lords report criticises NHS tax avoiders

      Top civil servants in the health service continue to be employed “off-payroll” despite a crackdown on the use of...

    29. Off Message

      March 13, 2014

      How to improve the minimum wage

      The Resolution Foundation has published a bumper report on the future of the minimum wage, which has come along way...

    30. March 12, 2014

      Low Pay Commission should become ‘powerful watchdog’, says founder

      The body that sets Britain’s national minimum wage should be transformed into a “powerful new watchdog” with the aim of...

    31. March 12, 2014

      UK business secretary Vince Cable confirms minimum wage rise

      The national minimum wage is to increase 19p an hour to £6.50 this year, giving more than a million workers a pay rise...

    32. March 2, 2014

      Leisure industry executives lambast minimum wage increases

      Leisure industry bosses hit out at the proposed above-inflation increase in the national minimum wage, warning jobs in...

    33. February 26, 2014

      Pay body proposes 3% rise in UK minimum wage

      A 3 per cent rise in the adult minimum wage recommended by the Low Pay Commission is likely to be the first in a series...

    34. February 21, 2014

      Minimum wage system has ‘run its course’, says founding chairman

      Britain’s national minimum wage system needs to be reformed because it is no longer adequate to tackle low pay problems...

    35. Off Message

      February 17, 2014

      The state pension undermines a minimum wage rise

      This is a great spot by the FT’s Elizabeth Rigby: George Osborne raised hopes the national minimum wage could be...

    36. February 17, 2014

      Osborne raised hopes on minimum wage despite job fears

      George Osborne raised hopes the national minimum wage could be restored to its pre-recession value of £7 per hour...

    37. Off Message

      January 16, 2014

      Osborne's win-win wager on the wage

      On Thursday evening, George Osborne said that “I think Britain can afford a higher minimum wage”. Reports suggest that...

    38. January 16, 2014

      Osborne calls for minimum wage rise

      George Osborne on Thursday night called for above-inflation increases in the national minimum wage, claiming that...

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