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N Brown to pay living wage to under-25s

N Brown Group will pay all of its employees the new national living wage, including those under the age of 25.

JD Williams spring 16

JD Williams spring 16

The compulsory living wage announced by chancellor George Osborne in last year’s Budget states came into force on April 1, and requires employers to pay at least £7.20/hour to workers aged 25. The rate is set to rise every April to more than £9/hour by 2020. Under-25s are still subject to the national minimum wage.

N Brown Group, which owns JD Williams, Simply Be, Jacamo and smaller brands Ambrose Wilson and Fifty Plus, said the new legislation affected 117 of its 2,800 UK employees. Most of those aged 25 or over are already paid more than £7.20/hour.

The group had identified 145 under-25s who were paid less than £7.20/hour and increased their wages, too. It did not reveal how much the changes implemented on April 1 were costing.

N Brown Group people director Caroline Massingham said: “We’re applying the national living wage to all of our employees, regardless of age, as ultimately we think this is the right thing to do. The changes affect 262 of our colleagues from today. However, that will increase over the next four years.” 

N Brown’s revenue grew by 4.1% for the 18 weeks to January 2, compared with the same quarter in the previous financial year. It is due to announce its full-year results on April 20.


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