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The government has recently launched its campaign to promote the introduction of the new national living wage (NLW), which will take effect from 1 April 2016. From that date workers in the UK aged over 25 earning the minimum rate of £6.70 per hour will see a 50p increase in their minimum hourly rate, which is set to rise to £7.20 per hour.

The NMW is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate to which they are entitled depends on a worker’s age and whether they are an apprentice.

Employers need to take action over the coming weeks to ensure they are ready for the launch of the NLW on 1 April.