National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage

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The remit of this report is to review recommendations for uprating the minimum wage; review the level for 16-17 year olds; and consider the operation of the accommodation offset and the treatments of benefits-in-kind. It concludes that for 2006 it is appropriate to continue to increase the minimum wage rate above the rise in average earnings. The recommended rate would be Ap5.35 for adults, Ap4.45 youth development rate and Ap3.30 for 16-17 year olds. A full review of apprenticeship exemptions is recommended. It is also recommended that neither childcare vouchers nor salary sacrifice schemes should count towards the National Minimum Wage. The accommodation offset should continue but there should be clearer guidance and legislation to prevent employers using the device of a separate accommodation company.Similarly, the Government introduced measures to boost a#39;greena#39; transport and reduce reliance on cars for travel to work in ... However, salary sacrifice schemes appear to have gained greater impetus since 2004 due to two recent government anbsp;...

Title:National Minimum Wage
Author:Low Pay Commission
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2006


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