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UK: Call to freeze UK minimum wage
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the UK Government should maintain the minimum wage for 16-18 year olds at its current rate of £3.57 per hour to encourage employers to recruit people in this age group. In the three months to October 2009, 952 000 people aged 16-24 were out of work, a rise of 6000, out of a UK unemployment total of 2.49m. The CIPD added that for other age groups, any rise in the minimum wage should not be above the rate of inflation. The Low Pay Commission is due to make its recommendation on the minimum wage to the government by the end of March.
Other suggestions the CIPD made included the abolition of the statutory retirement age and the extension of flexible working to all employees from 2013.