Wages up across the board, says study

Key UK regions and industries witnessed standout wage growth in the final three months of 2016, according to new research from online job board CV-Library.

The study, which looked at salary growth across the UK, found that pay in the North West of England grew by 14.2 per cent, while pay in recruitment grew 17.5 per cent compared to the same period the year before.

Wales (6.8 per cent), East Midlands (3.9 per cent) and the North East (3.5 per cent) followed in the regions of highest growth.

Likewise, the legal (8.7 per cent), hospitality (6.7 per cent), and property (5.7 per cent) sectors all posted an increase in wage growth compared to the year previous.

Regions Industries
North West +14.2% Recruitment +17.5%
Wales +6.8% Legal +8.7%
East Midlands +3.9% Hospitality +6.7%
North East +3.5% Property +5.7%
Scotland +2.6% Accounting/Finance +4.8%

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, suggests that “widespread skill shortages” across the UK are pressing businesses to increase salaries.

Businesses in these cities and sectors have clearly recognised the need to push up salaries ahead of the New Year rush in order to attract new recruits and it is hoped that we will see this strategy pay off in next quarter’s data,” he said.

“2016 was a turbulent year for the economy, but the fact that organisations are showing signs of investing in their current and future workforce is a positive indication for the labour market in 2017. We expect to see job and application figures pick up next quarter, as business and candidate confidence strengthens.”

The ten most “bizarre” excuses used to avoid paying the National Minimum Wage

The ten most bizarre excuses used by bosses found to have underpaid workers have been revealed.

The list, released by HM Revenue & Customs today, details the sometimes strange, sometimes extraordinary reasons employers gave for not paying the Government’s National Minimum Wage (NMW).

The NMW entitles all workers over the age of 25 to a minimum of £7.20 per hour, increasing to £7.50 per hour this April.

And not paying it can result in significant fines – and a very unhappy workforce.

The top ten excuses

  1. The employee wasn’t a good worker so I didn’t think they deserved to be paid the National Minimum Wage.
  2. It’s part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first 3 months as they have to prove their ‘worth’ first.
  3. I thought it was ok to pay foreign workers below the National Minimum Wage as they aren’t British and therefore don’t have the right to be paid it.
  4. She doesn’t deserve the National Minimum Wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.
  5. I’ve got an agreement with my workers that I won’t pay them the National Minimum Wage; they understand and they even signed a contract to this effect.
  6. My accountant and I speak a different language – he doesn’t understand me and that’s why he doesn’t pay my workers the correct wages.
  7. My workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to people who work for themselves.
  8. My workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they’re actually serving someone.
  9. My employee is still learning so they aren’t entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
  10. The National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to my business.