Jersey's Employment Forum has recommended that the minimum
wage should increase to £6.53 per hour from 1 April 2013.
This would provide a pay rise of around £2 per week for
employees working a 40 hour week.
The Forum reviewed the minimum wage by consulting employers,
employees and other interested parties, and considering the latest
statistics and economic advice.
The modest increase - 0.75% - takes into account the continuing
economic difficulties local businesses are facing and balances the
views of employers and employees, the impact of any increase on
jobs and competitiveness in Jersey, and the States of Jersey's
objective that the minimum wage should be increased proportionately
to average weekly earnings over the next 13 years.
The Forum is also recommending, from 1 April 2013:
An increase of 0.75 percent in the maximum amounts that an
employer may offset against minimum wage pay where staff
accommodation, or accommodation with three meals each day is
A Year 1 trainee rate equivalent to 75 percent of the minimum
wage (£4.90 per hour) where training is undertaken in the
first year of a new trainee role
A new 'Year 2' trainee rate equivalent to 87.5 percent
of the minimum wage (£5.71 per hour) where a trainee has
received the trainee rate whilst undertaking training for one full
year and will continue to undertake training for up to one further
The trainee rate code of practice should be revised to explain
more clearly and simply the criteria that must be met to pay the
trainee rates to encourage employers to consider employing trainees
and potentially create new trainee positions
The Minister for Social Security, Senator Francis Le Gresley,
will consider the Forum's recommendations and any changes to
the Law will be lodged with the States later this year.
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