Commenting on the National Minimum Wage increase – which comes into force today – Adam Marshall, Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“The changes to the National Minimum Wage, coupled with the introduction of the National Living Wage, will leave businesses with a large increase in wage bills to adapt to over the coming months.

“It is important for politicians to recognise that the UK economy is still fragile and to heed the Low Pay Commission’s considered recommendations for future wage rates if they are to reassure businesses who may be looking at their recruitment plans for the year ahead.”