The LPC has recommended that the hourly rates should increase in April 2018 from £7.50 to £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over. Here at Merbeck, we support businesses of all sizes and would love to know your thoughts. With the added costs of pension auto-enrollment and most salaries only tracking or dipping below the rate of inflation, could this be an expense too far for SMEs? Are you an employee who welcomes the increase to reflect the rising cost of living?

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