How the Conservative and Labour wage policies could impact your salon

With an impending Brexit and the possibility of a General Election, both the Conservative and Labour parties have released their proposals for wage increases and changes to workers’ rights if they gain leadership.

But what do these proposed changes mean for salon and spa owners? Well, both parties are looking to bring in big changes, especially on the wages front, which are going to affect small-to-medium-sized businesses. 

We outline what each party is proposing and how it will affect you. 

Wage increases

Both parties are looking to increase the minimum wage but for different age groups.

The Conservative Party will increase the National Living Wage (NLW) to £10.50 for 21-year-olds and over within five years, while the Labour Party said it will increase NLW to £10 for 16-year-olds and over in 2020.

See how this compares with the current National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage 

Workers’ rights – what the Conservative Party are proposing

Workers’ rights – what the Labour Party is proposing: 

Industry reaction:

With trade bodies across the beauty, spa, food, retail and hospitality forces having already joined forces to call for changes in Government immigration and wage increase policies as Brexit looms, these new proposed policies by the Labour and Conservative parties have been met with mixed reviews.  

“Both parties are focused on protecting workers’ rights, but there hasn’t been enough recognition that these policies mean employers will have further costs to absorb,” said Hilary Hall, chief executive of the National Beauty Federation (NBF) and National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF). 

“At present, businesses wanting to reduce their costs can switch to self-employment, but that leaves the salons who employ their staff at a huge financial disadvantage compared to those who don’t employ anyone. We have written to all three [of the] main parties calling for them to come up with a clear definition on what ‘genuine self-employment’ means as a matter of urgency.” 

Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current statutory sick pay, workplace pensions, and maternity and paternity pay policies