United Kingdom - Pay increase beneficial for all - August 31, 2018

A study, commissioned by trade union Unite, concluded that an increase of the minimum hourly wage to £10 for workers over the age of 18 would generate £5.6 million a year for the public purse. The report took into account in its calculation increased tax receipts and national insurance contributions, as well as decreased state expenditure on in-work benefits. The researcher said that over three-quarters (78%) of young workers aged 18-20 would receive a pay rise if £10 became the statutory hourly minimum. Their net average income would increase by over £1,300 a year. A majority of workers in lower income sectors would benefit from the increase, including three-quarters of hospitality workers and two-thirds of retail workers.

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