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Low Pay Commission consultation 2018


The Low Pay Commission is gathering evidence in support of its 2017 report.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The Low Pay Commission is the independent body that monitors the impact of the minimum wage and advises Government on its level.

We are seeking evidence on the effects of recent increases in the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage to inform thinking about future upratings.

This year’s consultation contains extra questions to help us with two extra strands of work. This year the LPC has been asked to look at a recommendation made in ‘Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices’. We will be considering both the potential impact of a premium, i.e. a higher minimum wage, for those hours that are not ‘guaranteed’, as well as alternative means for tackling the issue of ‘one sided flexibility’, which is some workers experiencing uncertain and unpredictable work schedules.

Separately, we are also conducting a review of the minimum wage structure, encompassing: a review of the youth rates of the minimum wage, in light of changes over time in young peoples’ participation in work and education, and the introduction of the National Living Wage; and a review of the Apprentice Rate, in light of significant policy changes to apprenticeship policy in England.

This consultation is relevant to organisations and individuals that are affected by the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage rates, for example:

  • employees on low wages
  • employers of low-paid workers, particularly those in low-paying sectors such as retail, hospitality, social care, cleaning and hairdressing
  • young people and apprentices
  • representative bodies of the above groups
  • other organisations such as charities and voluntary organisations with an interest in the National Minimum Wage training providers

How to respond

Download the consultation letter for details on what evidence we are seeking, a list of questions to consider, information on the National Minimum Wage rates, and guidance on surveys planned in support of submissions.

You can respond to the consultation by email or post using the details below. The consultation closes on 1 June.

General enquiries

8th Floor
Fleetbank House
2-6 Salisbury Square


In addition to this written consultation, the Low Pay Commission also conducts a series of visits around the UK, and holds bilateral meetings to gather evidence from individual organisations. Find out more about the visits on our website and blog. If you want to arrange a meeting, email using the details above.

National Minimum Wage rates

Minimum Wage rate Current rate (hourly) Rate from 1 April 2018
National Living Wage £7.50 £7.83
21-24 Year Old Rate £7.05 £7.38
18-20 Year Old Rate £5.60 £5.90
16-17 Year Old Rate £4.05 £4.20
Apprentice Rate £3.50 £3.70
Accommodation offset £6.40 £7.00


Low Pay Commission consultation letter 2018

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Published 5 March 2018