17/03/2015 - The national minimum wage in the UK is to increase in October by 20p an hour to £6.70, the biggest real-terms rise in seven years, the government has announced. The hourly rate for 18- to 20-year-olds will increase from £5.13 to £5.30 (3%) and by 8p to £3.87 for 16- and 17-year-olds (2%). The statutory minimum for apprentices will jump by 57p to £3.30, an increase of 20% – the biggest ever rise.
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12/01/15: Graduate starting salaries will rise to an average of £30,000 for the first time in more than a decade. Aldi is offering university leavers the highest published starting salary of £42,000 a year for trainee managers, according to a survey by High Fliers Research, followed by the European Commission with roles paying £41,500.
05/01/2015: The Guardian reports that one of the worst jobs in the world is being a dog food taster - Yuck! Trying dog food, it really exist! Find out what it pays with our salary check, search for 'food taster'.
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08/01/15: Some firms have developed scams to avoid paying the national minimum wage, including under-recording hours, bogus self-employment, charging for uniforms and clocking workers off when there are no customers, according to a new report by the Trades Union Congress. Apprentices are particularly likely to be underpaid, with a recent government survey suggesting that 120,000 are paid less than the relevant minimum wage rate.The TUC wants tougher penalties for employers who repeatedly flout the law.
From 2015, people reaching retirement age will be able to spend their pension savings however they want, rather than having to use it to buy a guaranteed income. Find here the current Pension rulings.
09/12/14: Building firms are having to hire bricklayers from Portugal, paying them £1,000 a week, because of a shortage of workers from the UK, has been revealed by a study of Manpower. Usually firms pay £500 a week for bricklayers, according Manpower and our own Salary Check.
05/12/14: White males have the best paid jobs in universities, according to a study by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). The data says that 78.3% of professors are men, while only 4% of black academic staff are professors. Women are more likely to work part time as support staff, while men are three times more likely to be in a senior level role than women.
10/03/2015 - Not sure if you should take on that A level in fashion? Think again. Demand for designer fashion made in the UK has the potential to grow rapidly in the next few years and create thousands of jobs, according to the British Fashion Council.
09/02/15 - More than a tenth of UK care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage of £6.50 an hour, a study suggests. The Resolution Foundation think tank says its research indicates that about 160,000 people are losing out on an average of £815 each a year.
The 2015 UK Living Wage rate has been set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 20p per hour on the 2013 rate and £1.35 more than the national minimum wage of £6.50 per hour. The London Living Wage has been set at £9.15, an increase of 35p per hour compared to the 2013 rate and £2.65 higher than the national minimum wage. See the World Map of Living Wages and the list of Living Wage Employers.
16/12/14: Britain is allowing a two-tier workforce to emerge where staff on zero-hours contracts have much lower pay and fewer rights than permanent employees, the TUC has warned. Workers on zero-hours contracts earn £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to the TUC. Are you paid enough? Check your pay.