Jersey's minimum wage rises by £2 a week

Francis Le Gresley
Image caption Senator Le Gresley said the rise had to be tempered by the economic climate

The minimum wage in Jersey has risen by 5p an hour, or about £2 a week, after the Social Security Minister agreed to the increase in December.

The new figure of £6.53 came into effect from 1 April.

Senator Francis Le Gresley said a rise was needed, but it had to be tempered by the current economic climate.

The trainee hourly wage, for employees on training schemes in the first year of a new trainee position, rose by 4p per hour to £4.90.

A newly introduced second year trainee rate of £5.71, for those who have undertaken training for a year, has also been introduced.

The increases to the minimum wage were put forward by the Employment Forum.

It is made up of nine non-political members and offers recommendations on a range of employment related issues.

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