Supermarket Reaction to Rise in Living Wage
As we have previously reported, the national living wage is going up from April 2016. Currently the rate is £6.70 per hour which will increase to £7.20 per hour next month for workers over the age of 25.
A major UK supermarket is increasing staff salaries by 3.1%, but to balance this out they are also reducing the rate paid for overtime. Previously the overtime rate was twice a workers normal hourly rate but this will now decrease to one and a half times or even less in some cases.
Unfortunately, it will be the most established staff that stand to be worse off however research suggests that 40% of all retail workers will loose out further to the changes being implemented.
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