You’d be hard pushed to find many people who disagree with the intentions behind the National Minimum Wage. Everyone deserves to earn a living wage, and, as a society, we need to make work a more attractive proposition than not working. However, for many businesses, it’s clearly going to create issues. Estimates show that it will affect 1.7m employees, and cost businesses over a billion pounds annually. It is also expected that the NMW will affect different towns to varying degrees. Hull, for example, is predicted to be one of the most affected areas, with 31% of workers receiving more wages as a result. The penalties for those that pay below the minimum wage can be significant – and the Government has, in recent times, taking to naming and shaming those that don’t.

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