The minimum wage in Jersey could rise next year if approved by the States. Deputy Geoff Southern is calling for an increase from £8.32 to £8.66 in April next year. He says raising the minimum wage will help to reduce income inequality

£7.88

Jersey's minimum wage in April 2019.

£8.02

Jersey's minimum wage in October 2019.

£8.32

Jersey's minimum wage in July 2020

£8.66

Proposed minimum wage for April 2021.

This move simply ensures that the States belatedly keeps its promise to raise the minimum wage to 45% of the average wage by the end of 2020. It comes as many workers are struggling to make ends meet in the post covid-19 economy. Rather than one-off random bonuses, raising the minimum wage will provide welcome permanent support and help to reduce income inequality in the workforce.

Deputy Geoff Southern