Following hot on the heels of this month's increase to
Guernsey's minimum wage rates, Jersey is following suit,
although employers will be given a little more time to prepare for
Jersey's Social Security Minister has accepted the
Employment Forum's recommendation and confirmed that with
effect from 1 April 2015 the following rates will apply:
For those Island employers who provide accommodation and/or food
as part of an overall remuneration package, be warned, the
"offset" rates are also increasing with effect from next
Jersey's public sector acknowledges that the Island is a
more expensive place to live in terms of rent, utilities and food,
etc, as opposed to those living in other local jurisdictions. While
it appreciates that the increase may have a greater impact on
smaller businesses, there has to be a balance and the States'
focus is very much on encouraging people to be in employment. It is
hoped that with minimum wage rates set to rise and income support
benefit remaining consistent, those currently unemployed will be
more motivated to work and add value to an already expensive Island
It remains to be seen whether the increase will improve the
Island's economy and generate higher full-time employment
levels. The Forum proposes to update us all on its success later in
2015, so in the interim we can only speculate on how successful the
changes will be. In the meantime, if you are concerned about the
wage increases and how this will affect your business, then please
do not hesitate to talk to a member of the employment team.
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