MARKET MONITOR A graphic guide to the off-trade

17 October, 2008

How much has the national minimum wage gone up over the years?

The rates of the minimum wage changed this month. There are three levels of minimum wage

and they are now: 5.73 per hour for workers aged 22 years and older, 4.77 per hour for workers aged 18-21 inclusive and 3.53 per hour for all workers under the age of 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age. HM Revenue & Customs enforces the national minimum wage. It responds to complaints made about employers suspected of not paying the minimum wage

and also visits a sample of employers about whom no complaints have been made, to check that all employers meet obligations under the National Minimum Wage Act. The minimum wage came into force on April 1 1999, giving the majority of workers a guaranteed level of pay for the first time in the UK.

Source: National Minimum Wage: Archived Rates, HM Revenue & Customs




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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