The Government has submitted evidence to the Low Pay Commission which will help decide the level of the National Minimum Wage in October 2015.
The strength of the economic recovery is outlined in the evidence and is being used to show the commitment of the Government to see the National Minimum Wage rise as fast as possible without having an adverse impact on the significant jobs growth.
Some of the evidence submitted included: the economy is growing faster than any other Western economy, record level of people in work and that the average earnings have fallen in real terms although reduced since 2012.
Employment relations Minister, Jo Swinson said “This month we have introduced the first above inflation rise in the National Minimum Wage since 2007, helping workers share the benefits of economic growth and providing protection for the lowest paid. But I’m keen to go further if possible, which is why we have asked the Low Pay Commission to consider how we can increase the real value of the NMW, without having an adverse impact on jobs.”
More details about the evidence can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-evidence-for-2015-national-minimum-wage-rate