Workers in the South East to get a step up in pay when the Government’s new National Living Wage becomes law in April this year

Monday 25 January 2016

On 1 April 2016 the National Living Wage will become law. From this date employers need to pay eligible employees aged 25 and over at least the new rate of £7.20 per hour.

Workers should see the increase in their pay automatically from April if they currently earn less than £7.20 per hour and are eligible. If you think you are eligible but you don’t see a difference in pay, you may want to speak to your employer or get in contact with the Acas helpline on 0300 123 1100.

Businesses are being urged to take four simple steps to step up and prepare for the changes:
1) Know the rate: £7.20 for 25 and overs
2) Find out which of your staff are eligible
3) Update payroll before April 1 2016
4) Tell staff about any changes to pay.

Kirsty Whittington, from Hastings, East Sussex who works as a hotel waitress, said: “It’s a good idea for everyone and will affect a lot of people in a really positive way. The extra money will be really beneficial to my family and me.”

Kirsty said it was important that people made sure they got paid the National Living Wage from April 1, if entitled to it.

“I would check with my employer that they know about the changes happening in April and to highlight that everyone over 25 would automatically receive the new wage.”

The National Living Wage will provide a direct boost to over a million workers in the UK this year – rewarding and providing security for working people. It is a key part of the Government’s plan to continue to move to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare society, building a more productive Britain and giving families the security of well-paid work.

Ekua Boison, of Stoke Newington in North London, balances two jobs. She earns £7.50 per hour working as a retail assistant at Halfords and £6.70 per hour as a careworker. Ekua supported the National Living Wage. “It will help out so many people that are currently getting paid under that so I’m really glad the government is changing the law in April.”

She will get a small pay rise, which, like people across the country, will put more money in her pocket.

“It works in my advantage because I have two jobs and it will really help me out a lot especially in my care work. I haven’t taken a holiday for a few years but I’m hoping to be able to afford to take a holiday to Ghana with the kids.”

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