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Government seeks new Low Pay Commissioners

The Government is recruiting four new members to serve on the Low Pay Commission, of which three will be from employee backgrounds and one from an employer background.


The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body set up under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the government on the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. Made up of nine Commissioners and supported by a small secretariat, its goal is to recommend rates that help as many low-paid workers as possible without any significant adverse effects impact on employment or the economy. This involves considering carefully evidence on trends in the economy, pay, the opinions of stakeholders, testimony from stakeholders, testimony from front-line visits and independent commissioned research with a view to reaching a shared judgement on the right balance.

The Commissioners are drawn from employee, employer and academic backgrounds. The Government is looking to appoint one employer member and up to three employee members. The position requires, on average, 16 days per year, and an allowance of £242.12 plus reasonable travel and subsistence is payable for each day attended on LPC business.

For an employer member you will:

  • Be an individual with knowledge and experience of working in business at a senior level and matters relating to employers. It would be desirable for this experience to be in a business where the national minimum wage is relevant;
  • Have a good knowledge and understanding of the particular issues faced by business in the UK, especially those related to the employment of workers;
  • For this post we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the challenges facing small business.

For an employee member, you will:

  • Be an individual, with knowledge or experience of representing, or working on behalf of, low-paid workers.
  • Have a good knowledge and understanding of the particular issues faced by low-paid workers in the UK labour market;

The assessment panel is made up of:

  • Chris Thompson, Labour Market Director at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy
  • Bryan Sanderson, Chair of the LPC
  • Perdita Fraser, independent panel member
Published 28 September 2017