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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2011): Minimum Wage - UK

Minimum wage hits jobs for young

R. Tyler and J. Kirkup

Daily Telegraph, Oct. 3rd 2011, p. 1

On October 1st 2011 the minimum wage rates for 18-20 year olds rose from 4.92 per hour to 4.98. For 16-17 year olds, the rate increased to 3.68 per hour from 3.64. The Low Pay Commission, which sets minimum wage rates, expressed concern that the minimum wage may have impacted adversely on the employment of young people due to the difficult economic circumstances faced by the country. Ministers encouraged the Commission to explore the link between minimum wage rates and youth unemployment before making recommendations for 2012 rates.

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