UK’s minimum wage increase draws mixed reactions

by / ⠀News / April 2, 2024
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The United Kingdom’s minimum wage has increased by 9.8%, the most significant increase since 2001. Despite the generous increase, some UK residents are unsatisfied, pointing out that the current inflation rate diminishes the real impact of wage growth.

Keerthi Subramanian, a retail clerk in South London, is one of the millions who will benefit from the pay rise. Despite increasing her hourly wage from 10.42 pounds ($13.15) to 11.44 pounds ($14.44), Subramanian is uncertain about the financial relief this increase will offer amid rising living costs.

Critics argue that the 9.8% increase in the National Living Wage (NLW) falls short of counteracting the soaring costs in a post-pandemic world. They highlight the constant surge in inflation and the rise in prices of goods, services, and utilities, arguing that the wage boost might not sufficiently support the financial stability of lower and middle-class citizens.

Advocacy for a larger increase highlights the need for the socio-economic climate to be considered in setting the NLW.

Analyzing the UK’s contentious minimum wage hike

The real worth of the 9.8% increase may not be apparent due to the rapidly increasing cost of living, and they prompt for a more encompassing calculation adjusting to the present challenges instead of the pre-pandemic metrics.

According to the UK Department for Business and Trade, around 2.7 million workers are expected to benefit from the NLW increase. These workers could gain an extra 1,800 pounds ($2,271) annually. The latest NLW adjustments also include coverage for individuals aged 23 and over, aligning with the Conservative Party’s 2019 promise to raise the NLW to two-thirds of average earnings.

UK Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt supports the wage increase, stating it is a step towards reducing low pay and making employment more worthwhile. Conversely, critics and trade unions push for a heftier increase in line with inflation.

Potential concerns about wage increases causing another inflation round are causing increased attention from the Bank of England. Edward Allenby, a UK analyst at Oxford Economics, suggests that only a small workforce segment could be causing this effect.

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