Jersey minimum wage rises to £6.78 an hour

The Jersey minimum wage has been raised from £6.63 to £6.78 an hour and the trainee rate has gone up by more than 2%.

The employment forum in Jersey sets the rate in consultation with employers, employees and institutions.

The Minister for Social Security, Deputy Susie Pinel, said the forum plans to raise the minimum wage gradually over a period of 15 years.

She said the rate is "higher than the UK, Guernsey and the Isle of Man".

Ms Pinel said: "It's all relative in percentages to the tune of about 10, 15, 20p per hour higher than other jurisdictions.

"You obviously can't inflict a huge jump on employers. We're putting it up gradually to 1.7%, 2.3% per annum to try and achieve, which we will do, that 45% of mean wage by 2026."

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