Concern at impact of increased minimum wage on NI employers

By Gillian Crotty

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an increase in the minimum wage in his Autumn Statement, but there are already concerns about how Northern Ireland employers will cope with the increase in their wage bill.

During his speech Mr Hammond confirmed that the minimum wage in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would increase to £7.50 for over-25s from April 2017. Martin Fleetwood, tax partner at PwC in Northern Ireland, considers that employers may struggle to bear the additional burden, particularly in light of "additional costs from the apprenticeship levy, holiday pay changes, pension auto-enrollment increases and the alignment of employer and employee national insurance costs."

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