NLW leads to significant pay increases in retail

The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2016 has led to a 5.3% increase in median minimum pay rates for established staff across retail. Many employers have revised their pay structures to accommodate this increase, typically by eliminating starter rates or harmonising premiums for unsocial hours. At £7.20, the median rate for the whole sample equals the NLW, though food and non-food retail firms tend to pay higher on average than employers in catering/hospitality. Many firms are paying the new minimum to all staff, despite it being a legal requirement to only pay it to staff aged 25 or over.

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