With the National Living Wage increasing from £7.50 to £7.83, for those aged 25 and over, on the 1st of this month (1st April 2018), a study has revealed this change increases people’s job satisfaction and opportunities.
The study by alldayPA, asked workers over 27 years of age, who are paid the National Living Wage, how their jobs had changed since its initial introduction in April 2016.
The survey of over 500 workers found that satisfaction with work had increased for 62 per cent of those workers questioned. 53 per cent said that they received more opportunities for training than two years ago and 49 per cent said that they were trusted to take on more responsibilities.
The majority (73%) also said that their job had become more interesting over the previous two years. However, 32 per cent commented that they felt their job had also become less secure.
Reuben Singh, CEO of alldayPA and VC investments company Isher Capital, believes the National Living Wage forces employers to think more about how they use workers within their business.
He said, “workplaces are evolving as a direct result of the National Living Wage. In many cases, it is no longer cost-efficient to have people performing the most basic tasks. Instead, many of these roles are being automated or given to younger trainees, with more expensive staff asked to take on more demanding and rewarding tasks and responsibilities in order to maximise salary increases. This will consequently lead to a greater requirement to up-skill current staff.
“In the short-term this is creating some uncertainty and change, but it is also leading to workers over the age of 25 being encouraged to take on more fulfilling jobs. As a result, we are seeing an increase in training being provided by employers and an increase in workers’ roles and responsibilities.”