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  1. 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 recommends...

  2. 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 voters...

  1. 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 the...

  2. 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 turns...

  3. May 18, 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 Labour...

  4. 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 personal...

  5. 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 since...

  6. 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...

  7. 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 in...

  8. 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 the...

  9. 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 of...

  10. 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 and...

  11. 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 restored to...

  12. 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 before the...

  13. 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 the...

  14. 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 Britain’s...

  15. January 15, 2014

    Fines to rise fourfold for low-pay rogues

    Rogue employers who do not pay workers the national minimum wage face penalties of up to £20,000 from next month – four...

  16. Off Message

    January 8, 2014

    So, you want to increase the minimum wage ... (part II)

    In the previous post I wrote about the reasons why a rise in Britain’s minimum wage is being reviewed by the main political...

  17. Off Message

    January 8, 2014

    So, you want to increase the minimum wage ... (part I)

    Fifteen years after its introduction, Britain’s minimum wage is a conservative version of a radical policy. The Labour...

  18. January 7, 2014

    Osborne refuses to back inflation busting minimum wage rise plan

    Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne is facing pressure from his own party to deliver an inflation-busting...

  19. Westminster Blog

    January 7, 2014

    Does Osborne really want to lift the minimum wage even further?

    George Osborne was poised to make an announcement about the minimum wage at Tory conference last autumn, I’m told by several...

  20. January 7, 2014

    Pros and cons of raising UK minimum wage

    Since its introduction in 1999, Britain’s minimum wage has risen faster than inflation and average earnings without harming...

  21. November 4, 2013

    Concern grows as low earners win ‘living wage’ rise

    Tens of thousands of low-paid workers are to receive a pay rise of up to £400 a year as a result of an increase in the...

  22. September 16, 2013

    Lloyds sale marks end of a crisis but portends another

    Like a ‘50s deb in a Dior ball gown, the government’s disposal of a 6 per cent stake in Lloyds Banking Group signals an era...

  23. July 31, 2013

    Happy birthday, national minimum wage

    A few months into Tony Blair’s government, The Economist argued that “coming up with a minimum wage that will not seriously...

  24. April 2, 2013

    Unions split over call for general strike

    Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union, is urging other unions to join forces to stage a 24-hour general strike in what it...

  25. April 2, 2013

    UK considers cut in minimum wage

    Ministers are considering freezing or even cutting the minimum wage, despite embarking on the largest contraction to date in...

  26. April 17, 2012

    Minimum wage worth less than in 2004

    This year’s increase in the minimum wage will leave it lower in real terms than it was in 2004, according to research...

  27. March 19, 2012

    Minimum wage frozen for young people

    The government is to freeze the minimum wage for young people, pleasing business but angering trade unions. Vince Cable, the...

  28. January 8, 2012

    Learning lessons from history proves to be the best policy

    History is littered with the failures of cherished government policies, from the poll tax to the Child Support Agency to,...

  29. November 16, 2011

    Deeper problems lie behind jobless youth

    Youth unemployment is a problem which, while not as severe as the headline rate implies, encompasses some intractable...

  30. April 7, 2011

    Minimum wage rise fails to please

    Business and unions were divided on Thursday over a planned 2.5 per cent rise in the national minimum wage for adults, with...

  31. March 30, 2011

    Unions attack ‘obscene’ pay rises at Serco

    Serco has fuelled the row over pay levels at companies that run public services by awarding bumper packages to senior...

  32. March 1, 2011

    Ministers pull back on quango powers

    Ministers have backed down over plans that would have given the government sweeping “Henry VIII” powers to abolish, merge or...

  33. November 15, 2010

    John Cridland biography

    John Cridland, aged 49, has been with the CBI for nearly three decades and has been deputy director-general since 2000. He...

  34. November 8, 2010

    Fears on threat to autonomy in quango shake-up

    Key quangos whose prime function is to operate independently of ministers may be less willing to do so in future, the...

  35. November 8, 2010

    Fears on threat to autonomy in quango shake-up

    Quangos whose prime function is to operate independently of ministers may be less willing to do so in future, the Institute...

  36. September 30, 2010

    Pay cheat bosses to face public shame

    Employers who fail to pay their staff the minimum wage will be named and shamed under a new scheme to be introduced by the...

  37. March 25, 2010

    Business divided about boost for low-paid

    The national minimum wage is to rise by 2.2 per cent to £5.93 an hour in October, prompting complaints from some business...

  38. March 24, 2010

    Business divided on boost for low-paid

    The national minimum wage is to rise by 2.2 per cent to £5.93 an hour in October, prompting complaints from some business...

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