National Minimum and Living Wage increase comes into force

Both the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NMW) still increased as of April 1, 2020. However, the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) has said that beauty salons will bit hit hard by the increase, given the current coronavirus situation

The NHBF has received confirmation that:

“We understand that businesses and individuals are under financial pressures that no one has ever experienced before,” said Hilary Hall, NHBF chief executive. “The timing of the rises for NMW and NLW is far from ideal in the current circumstances. But at least they will give a small increase to support beauty therapists at this difficult time.”

Many in the industry are currently receiving 80% of their wages while they are furloughed and are struggling financially," added Hall. However, the NHBF will be asking the Low Pay Comission to consider both the timing and size of future rate rises, dependent on how the economy responds after the coronavirus circumstances have ended.

The Government has stated that the NMW and NLW increases will ensure wages continue to rise for the lowest paid workers. It also said the recently announced measures to support businesses and workers will help to protect jobs.

You can read more about the financial support available to salons during the coronavirus and if you're self-employed, find out what financial support is available for freelance beauty professionals.

Read our staff and HR guide for your business during the coronavirus and check out how beauty business owners can look after their mental health during the pandemic.