Ramsay become a National Wage Employer
Friday 1 April 2016
The Government has introduced a National Living Wage (NLW) for workers which is due to come into effect today. The National Living Wage will initially be set at £7.20 per hour (50p per hour above the current National Minimum Wage for workers aged 21 and over) and legislation requires that it is paid to all workers aged 25 and over. The Low Pay Commission will recommend future rises with the Government aiming for the NLW to reach £9 per hour by 2020.
The Executive Board of Ramsay Health Care UK has taken the decision that as a company that values its employees and recognises the competitive environment in which we operate, we do not wish to discriminate against younger workers and we will therefore be implementing the new National Living Wage to all of our employees, irrespective of their age. Workers on formal Apprenticeship Programmes will remain on their current rates of pay* however will of course move to the National Living Wage, should they complete their apprenticeship and be offered a standard Ramsay employment contract.
*The current minimum rate for apprentices aged 16 – 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year is £3.30 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age (we will honour the National Living Wage rate for those aged 21 and over).