The new going rate: the National Living Wage

New National Living Wage 

What are the changes?


A ‘National Living Wage’ came into force in April 2016, introducing a premium that must be paid on top of the National Minimum Wage for all workers aged 25 and over.

The National Living Wage is set at £7.20 in 2016, rising to over £9 by 2020, as part of an attempt to ‘move from a low wage, high tax, high welfare society to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society’ (HM Treasury, Budget, July 2015). A reduction in Corporation Tax was announced and framed as a source of saving that could help organisations pay for the additional labour costs.

What impact might the National Living Wage have on the UK labour market?


The best case scenario is that organisations may adopt new processes and improve productivity in tandem with paying higher wages. The crucial determinant will be how organisations respond.

Positive strategies could include investment in workforce skills, alongside new job design and team formations.


Are you ready for the changes?


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Toolkit for Employers and Workers


NLW Whitepaper 2016


The new going rate: The impact of the National Living Wage on UK employers.

Fill in your details below to request your copy of our expert whitepaper, released in collaboration with The Social Market Foundation.


Executive Summary


Read our Executive Summary for an overview of the legislation and who is affected.


ADG NLW 2016 - Executive Summary


Frequently Asked Questions


Guidance for workers - Frequently Asked Questions


Guidance for clients - Frequently Asked Questions


Data Insight Pack


Keen to know who is affected and what the implications are for you? Download our data insight pack, released in collaboration with The Social Market Foundation.


Press Release


New report on National Living Wage - Business Investments at Risk


Past Event


In partnership with the Social Market Foundation, Adecco Group hosted a roundtable event in February bringing together businesses, regulators, senior HR professionals, and other experts, to launch our new research findings and discuss how organisations can respond to the National Living Wage.