Higher wages will 'help economic recovery'

Boosting the incomes of the low paid goes straight into the economy and wage-led growth must be part of the recovery so we would have liked to have seen minimum wage rates go up further today, even if the government has rightly rejected calls for a freeze.

We will continue to press ministers to ensure the minimum wage is properly enforced particularly for apprentices where there is considerable evidence that many miss out.

And we will continue to urge the many employers who can afford it to implement a full living wage for their staff.

– Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary

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Minimum wage to increase

The Government says the national minimum wage will increase by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds.