Views Wanted On Minimum Wage

11th June 2018

Jersey’s Employment Forum is asking for opinions on what the next minimum wage should be.

It was put up by 4.5% to £7.50 an hour this April, which was the biggest increase in nine years.

The Forum will take responses from islanders and combine it with economic analysis and other evidence to make a recommendation to the Social Security Minister.

Forum chair Helen Ruelle says there could be another big increase next April.

“I think it is fair to say that given the aspiration of the States and other views that there is some pressure on us to increase the minimum wage, potentially quite significantly.

“However that is just one factor that the forum takes into account when making its recommendation.”

Views are also wanted on what the trainee rates and maximum offsets for accommodation and food should be set at from 1 April.

In an agreement signed with Reform Jersey, new Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondre pledged to ‘progressively’ increase the wage to £10 an hour.

However Mrs Ruelle says their recommendation isn’t influenced by political opinion.

“They can have a very different view, a political view, about how they may wish to direct the minimum wage and clearly that is entirely a matter of them.

“We have to look at our statutory obligations and responses to consultation. We will make a recommendation based upon the consultation and the information that is presented to us.”

The Forum will collect responses through June and July, before making its recommendation in September.

The survey is available to complete online www.gov.je/consult.

Copies can also be obtained by emailing E.Forum@gov.je or telephoning 447203.

Respondents may also request a meeting with the Forum.

Responses to the consultation must be received by 27 July 2018.

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