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Minimum Wage Increase will Threaten Jobs and Investment

The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has expressed disappointed at the decision taken by UK Government to increase the national minimum wage by 2.5% to £6.08 an hour

John Drummond, Chief Executive of SGF said:

“An increase in the national minimum wage combined with the impact of the economic slowdown on retailing and consumer confidence will add additional pressure to retailers already struggling in these challenging times.

“SGF supports the principles of a national minimum wage. However, at a time when the public sector is freezing pay and the UK Government is calling on the private sector to lead the economic recovery this increase is unhelpful and places an additional burden on local shops.

“The Chancellors decision to increase the national minimum wage by 2.5% will force retailers to reduce hours and reconsider plans to employ new staff.

“This increase will threaten jobs and investment.”