Minimum wage goes up 12p to £6.31
The national minimum wage for adults 21 and over has gone up by 12p to £6.31, as of today.
Meanwhile the rate for 18-20 year-olds has also gone up, increasing by 5p to £5.03 an hour.
The hourly pay rate for 16 and 17 year olds has also been raised, going up to £3.72 – a rise of 4p.
The minimum wage hike was first announced in April of this year and it follows recommendations by the independent Low Pay Commission.
Unions have said the increases should be bigger to help tackle the UK’s “historic living standards crisis”.
Despite the move to increase the minimum wage, prices are still rising quicker than wages.
The new rate of £6.31 is still significantly lower than the £7.45 hourly rate advocated by the Living Wage Foundation as the amount needed to earn enough to have a basic standard of living.
Gloucestershire County Council is in the process of looking at the possibility of adopting the Living Wage.
The authority currently employs just shy of 900 people on less than the Living Wage.