More inflation-busting increases in the national minimum wage could have a serious impact on small retailers, the Association of Convenience Stores has warned as the DTI announced new terms of reference for the Low Pay Commission.
The Commission will report back to the DTI next February following an assessment of the impact of the minimum wage on pay structures, employment and competitiveness in low paying sectors and small firms.
It will also address the gender pay gap and the pay of ethnic minority and disabled workers over the past five years.
ACS public affairs and commercial director James Lowman urged members to come forward with cases studies outlining the impact of above inflation rises.He said: “Staff above the basic rate will expect to maintain that percentage differential.”
The rate for over 21s will go up from £4.50 to £4.85 in October, while the rate for 18-21s will increase from £3.80 to £4.10. A rate of £3.00 for 16-17 year olds is being introduced.