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Jason the Maverick

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Minimum wage review
« on: July 23, 2008, 07:39:16 AM »
A review of Jersey's minimum wage has begun - at the moment it's £5.80.

Jersey's minimum wage was brought in three years ago and the aim is to give employees decent pay - especially in the agricultural, retail and hospitality industries.

Each year the Employment Forum look at how much the minimum wage should go up by after consulting businesses and islanders.

Guernsey don't have a minimum wage at all.

But they are looking at bringing it in fairly shortly.

It's been suggested the rate should be similar to Jersey.

http://www5.channelonline.tv/news/templates/jerseynews2.aspx?articleid=15748&zoneid=1

Personally I think it should be at least £1.00 more???

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 06:30:02 PM »
I think those who decide the minimum wage rate should be paid it.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 06:34:59 PM »
Too right mate.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008, 08:36:03 AM »
If you are not being paid the money, leave.

Waste of time moaning about it all the time.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »
Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley MBE is proposing to raise the minimum wage by just 1.5% - from £6.53 to £6.63 - with effect from 1st April 2014. The debate is scheduled for 3rd December 2013:

http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/AssemblyPropositions/2013/P.131-2013.pdf

So much for his enthusiasm for increasing 'incentives to work'. It is worth noting that although Jersey's RPI increased by only 1.2% in the 12 months to September 2013 (and 1.5% in the 12 months to June 2013), the RPI Low Income rose by 1.8% in the 12 months to September 2013 (and 2.1% in the 12 months to June 2013). The latter index will be of far more relevance to those on the minimum wage- and it shows that Le Gresley's proposed increase does not match the real increase in living costs being experienced by the lowest income households:

http://www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Government%20and%20administration/R%20RPISep2013%2020131018%20SU.pdf

The larger annual increase in the RPI Low Income is primarily due to the greater weight given to domestic energy costs and to housing rents (public and private sector). Domestic energy costs rose by 5% over the 12 months to September 2013 and rents increased by more than 3%, on average, over the same period.

It is also worth noting that for those registered as unemployed, the Income Support adult/single parent components have not increased at all since October 2009 yet the RPI has increased by just over 12% between September 2009 and September 2013. The annual increase in some other components took effect earlier this month but, once again, there was no increase in the adult/single parent components, which will therefore remain frozen at their October 2009 rates until October 2014 at the very earliest. Had these components followed the basic rate of inflation, it would be worth an extra £11.05 per week for a single adult or £15.90 per week for a single parent. This is the hidden penalty that all unemployed claimants are having to pay each week for the current dire state of the economy, with a massive 3,200 estimated as unemployed in June of this year. This is a decision made purely for reasons of currently fashionable political ideology- to punish the unemployed for being unemployed.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2013, 01:15:38 AM »
Good enough for them. Its a great incentive for the unemployed to get themselves employed.
There are loads of vacancies on the gove.je website, so there is no excuse for these scroungers to sit around watching telly all day.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2013, 02:09:58 AM »
Not counting the jobs repeated in different sub headings there are 136 jobs on the gov.je site today,
I make that 23 unemployed people for every job advertised.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2013, 04:27:52 AM »
So we still have 133 jobs if you discount the Army, Navy and Air force vacancies?

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 04:31:44 AM »
Not counting the jobs repeated in different sub headings there are 136 jobs on the gov.je site today,
I make that 23 unemployed people for every job advertised.
Only problem is most of them require specific qualifications, are jobs for unreliable bosses, or live in a squat and lose a days pay for the suffering. Or pointless ads like army, navy, airforce who are laying people off anyway.
Looks like most people are taking the preferred option of declaring themselves depressed and the authorities have no dispute in that as they created the issue in the first place, so brush it under the carpet.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2013, 06:23:56 AM »
Never been great at Maths Fritz, but lets add another 20 that makes 155 to your figure, and yet whats the latest number over two thousand  out of work and ever increasing with school leavers.

Very, Very difficult situation for those that are unemployed and hunt any job, when there are so few to had.

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Re: Minimum wage review
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 06:26:09 AM »
It is proposed to raise Jersey's minimum wage by 2.3% to £6.78 per hour with effect from 1st April 2015:

http://www.statesassembly.gov.je/AssemblyReports/2014/R.141-2014.pdf


I was definitely not pleased to discover that Cineworld Jersey has been advertising for new staff this week at an hourly rate of just £6.87 ... yet back in 2008 they were paying their staff £6.80 per hour- only 7p less per hour than today's rate. Inflation rose by about 13.6% between June 2008 and June 2014, which would equate to an hourly rate of about £7.72. Therefore had Cineworld's 2008 hourly pay rate kept pace with price rises, today's Cineworld recruits should be earning £7.72. The only possible excuse would be if they increase the hourly wage rate of new employees after a probationary period has been completed, but I have no proof that this happens. Further anecdotal evidence (see link below) suggests that Cineworld are paying their London employees even less than this: £6.67 per hour (the UK minimum wage has just risen to £6.50 per hour):

https://twitter.com/WestminsterJCP/status/509721840856891392


The new Israel-based CEO of Cineworld has just splashed out on £12 million worth of Cineworld shares and the company reported £31 million in pre-tax profits this year despite exceptional costs, so this shows that not all Cineworld staff are struggling on low wages that don't keep pace with inflation...

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8738e164-a50b-11e3-8988-00144feab7de.html#axzz3FgmO611D

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