Guernsey’s Committee for Employment & Social Security is seeking people’s views on current minimum wage levels, to help it develop proposals for relevant rates for 2019 and also future plans for minimum wage in the medium term.
In 2017, the States of Guernsey directed that the Committee provide clarity on its medium term plan for increasing minimum wage levels when it returns to the Assembly later this year with proposals for 2019’s rates.
The Committee has considered the medium term to be five years.
Among other options, the Committee is considering linking the minimum wage to 60% of median earnings. This would imply a minimum wage of £9.33 per hour, in today’s terms, by 2023. For context purposes, the 2018 minimum wage is £7.75 per hour for adults.
The Committee is also intending to equalise the Young Persons’ Minimum Wage with the Adult rate over the same period.
The Committee is inviting people to complete a questionnaire which seeks feedback on current minimum wage levels but also explains in greater detail some of the options under consideration for the medium term. The feedback will help the Committee to make its recommendations to the States later this year for the Minimum Wage & Associated Rates to apply from 1 January 2019 and beyond.
The closing date for completed questionnaires is Friday 10 September 2018.
The questionnaire can be completed online by visiting: www.gov.gg/minwage2018