Planned increases to the National Living and Minimum Wage have gone ahead, despite concerns expressed about how businesses will manage in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over rises by 6.2% today, with full-time workers getting around £930 extra over the year.
The full set of rates are:
Some organisations, such as the Resolution Foundation think tank, have said the increase should be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen businesses such as nurseries really struggling and many forced to close, but the Government says its package of financial support for businesses and workers should mitigate the impact.
Other labour market reforms coming into effect on 6 April include: