2016 saw a significant rise in the mandatory National Living Wage for workers who are aged twenty five years or older, providing they are not engaged in the first year of an apprenticeship.
NATIONAL LIVING WAGE: Anyone who resides and works in the nation's capital also saw further hourly pay increases in the London Living Wage.
The increase in the new National Living Wage is essentially the government's objective to move workers in the United Kingdom away from a low wage bracket and high welfare society.
They want to see a society which gets higher wages and pays lower amounts of tax, while reducing the population's dependency on welfare through the benefits system.
The introduction of the current National Living Wage aims to ensure that enterprise pays appropriately for its workforce and reduces the need for state top ups to workers' wages.
It was established through a significant amendment to the National Minimum Wage Regulations of 2015. The change in rules ensures that salary rates for workers aged under 25 also apply to those workers who are entitled to the National Living Wage.
In fact, the British Government is boasting figures showing record employment combined with the highest gross domestic product (GDP) growth in monetary value, in all of the G7 countries.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has also pledged to add more than one million more jobs to the economy in coming years around the United Kingdom.
The government launched a new mandatory National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2016. The hourly pay increase is only for workers who are aged 25 years and above.
It is set at the current rate of £7.50 per hour - an improvement of thirty pence compared to the previous National Minimum Wage rate.
In real money terms, a full-time worker who is currently receiving the NMW should see a princely £910 increase per annum in earnings.
Note: Those who are aged from 21 to 24 years will continue to get the adult National Minimum Wage which is set at £7.05 per hour.
National Living Wage rates appertain to workers' pay which is allocated on a monthly reference period beginning from the 1st of April 2017.
Pay reference periods beginning or ending either side of April the 1st 2017 will need adjustments conducted by employers to ensure the correct pay rate for the relevant period.
For example: If the pay reference period starts on 19 April, the allocated pay between 1 April and 18 April 2017 will be based on National Minimum Wage rates of pay. Allocated pay from the 19 April 2017 onwards should be based on the National Living Wage rate.
July 2015 saw the government publish its Low Pay Commission (LPC) remit. The result was a move to recommend and stabilize the path for the national living wage for the next few years. The target is for wages to reach 60% of median earnings by the year 2020.
The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts a full-time worker will earn in excess of £4,400 through the National Minimum Wage by 2020.
The Low Pay Commission continues to provide its results and recommendations for those workers who are receiving the National Minimum Wage rates.
Perhaps not everyone agrees but most people consider working as an overriding pathway out of poverty. That said, an increasing number of poorer households in London actually include a person who is in employment.
In fact, data suggests that the number of low-paid jobs increased for the fifth consecutive year in the capital city. In actuality, more than 20% of people who live in the borough are considered as being low-paid or paid below the London Living Wage.
Important differences exist between a relatively higher minimum wage and the country's voluntary Living Wage pay rate - which is actually calculated independently.
National Living Wage Rates in the United Kingdom