Millions of ‘minimum wage heroes’ set for 6.2% pay rise

By Tom Belger

April 1, 2020

Almost 3 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers are set for a pay rise, after the biggest ever hike in the legal minimum wage.

The wage floor, now rebranded the ‘national living wage,’ increased on Wednesday from £8.21 to £8.72 an hour for workers aged 25 and over.

Union leaders welcomed the pay boost for “minimum wage heroes,” including many working in vital roles in healthcare and supermarkets during the coronavirus lockdown.

But two leading think tanks had urged the government to delay the hike, warning against increasing costs for employers at a time of enormous economic upheaval.

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