Low Pay Commission consultation 2018

06 March 2018

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has opened its annual consultation on the levels of the National Minimum Wage rates, including the National Living Wage.

This year’s consultation contains extra questions to help the LPC with two extra strands of work as they have been asked to look at a recommendation made in ‘Good Work - The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. 

The LPC will be considering both the potential impact of a premium, i.e. a higher minimum wage, for those hours that are not 'guaranteed', as well as alternative means for tackling the issue of ‘one sided flexibility’, which is some workers experiencing uncertain and unpredictable work schedules.  


Separately, the LPC is also conducting a review of the minimum wage structure, encompassing:

  • a review of the youth rates of the minimum wage, in light of changes over time in young peoples’ participation in work and education, and the introduction of the National Living Wage; and
  • a review of the Apprentice Rate, in light of significant policy changes to apprenticeship policy in England.

The closing date for submission is 1 June 2018 and you can submit via this email address. All details and a full list of consultation questions can be found by following this link and downloading the letter within.


In addition to this written consultation, the LPC also conducts a series of visits around the UK, and holds bilateral meetings to gather evidence from individual organisations. Find out more about the visits on the LPC’s website and blog. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email [email protected].

CIPP comment - The Policy team will be publishing a survey in due course to gather views and evidence from the payroll profession. We will also be holding a Think Tank roundtable event. The date and venue are yet to be confirmed but if you would like to register your interest to attend, please email Samantha Mann at policy using LPC as the subject.