Robin Walker hailed today’s announcement that 2.1 million people will be receiving a pay rise, with those working in retail and hospitality set to benefit the most.

Henceforth, 1.8 million workers earning the National Living Wage will see their pay packets boosted by £690 over the year as the biggest ever increase to the National Living Wage comes into effect.

The National Minimum Wage is also increasing; the rate for 21-24 year olds has been raised to £7.70, providing an additional £580 over the year for those in full time employment, and 18-20 year olds in full time work will see a boost of £455 over the year.

These welcomed increases form a part of the Government’s commitment to protect workers through the modern Industrial Strategy. 

Robin is a longstanding supporter of the National Living Wage and endorsed its introduction. Cutting taxes for working families by raising the income tax threshold has always been important to Robin and as a back-bencher Robin spoke often of raising the threshold up to the level of someone working full-time on the minimum wage.

This raise marks twenty years of the National Minimum Wage, which is currently growing faster than other countries with similar or higher minimum wage boundaries such as Belgium, France and Germany. On the 6th of April, the top employment tribunal fine for employers will quadruple.  

Commenting in the announcement, Robin said:

“I am delighted that the Government has once again raised the National Living and Minimum Wage. I campaigned for these issues before they became party policy and I was happy to see them adopted into manifesto pledges committing the Government to delivering these key changes.”

“I am dedicated to ensuring that workers in my constituency, and millions across the nation, are being paid a fair wage, and praise the Government for delivering on this promise.”

“Since the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2015, among the highest in the world, workers on the lowest incomes have been further protected as we continue- through the Industrial Strategy- to strive towards a fair pay for fair work.”

“The people of Worcester deserve a pay rise, boosting people’s wages means that more families have the security of a decent and regular pay packet and certifies that people are always better off in work than out of it. This policy change not only boosts economic growth and prosperity but also encourages and rewards hard work.”

“The national employment rate is at an all-time high, and this pay rise alongside the continued strength of the UK’s labour market means that for more people than ever before, work is paying in Worcester.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:

“This government is dedicated to increasing the wages of the lowest paid which is why we introduced the National Living Wage and have continued to increase the National Minimum Wage rates – all of which will rise again today and benefit millions of workers.”

“This government is committed to raising productivity performance across the income spectrum, so that the wages of the lowest paid can increase sustainably over time. While the proportion of low paid jobs is now at its lowest level for 20 years, we are going further by asking Professor Arindrajit Dube, a world-leading expert in the field, to undertake a review of the international evidence of minimum wages on productivity and employment.”

Notes to editors:

For Robin’s previous press releases on employment and pay, please see:

For more on the Government’s Industrial Strategy, please see:

For a comparison of minimum wages increases across high-minimum wage countries, please see: