Thank you for taking the time to complete our National Living Wage Survey.

We are looking to understand the impact that the National Living Wage (NLW) increases have had on your business, both since its introduction and the impact of the latest April 2019 increase.

We are also looking to get your views on the affordability and effects of future increases for April 2020.

This information will be used to inform FWD’s submission to the Low Pay Commission which we are in the process of drafting.

Our public affairs advisors Interel will be collating the responses to ensure they are kept confidential and presented in aggregated form.

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* 1. Name of your company:

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* 2. Number of staff you employ

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* 3. How many of the following staff do you employ?

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* 4. Since 2016, to what extent, if at all, has it become harder to recruit new staff?

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* 5. What has been your experience of wage growth and inflation in the last year and what do you forecast for the next couple of years?

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* 6. What impact do you believe that the UK leaving the EU will have on recruiting staff in your business?

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* 7. Has the NLW increased your wage bill?

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* 8. To what extent, if at all, have you seen an increase in productivity in your business as a result of the National Living Wage?

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* 9. Since its introduction in April 2016, to what extent (if at all) has the National Living Wage had the following impacts on your business/ employment practices?

  Not at all To a small extent To a large extent To a very large extent
Reduced the number of staff you employ
Reduced the hours you employ staff for
Actively recruiting younger staff
Fewer promotions and progression
Automating certain processes
Increasing prices
Removing a layer of management
Reduced staff benefits (e.g. overtime, discounts, training)
Reduced the amount you invest in your business
Taken lower profits/absorbed the cost
Reducing the size of your business e.g. footprint
Affected pay differentials within your business
Increase in wage bill

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* 10. Under LPC latest forecasts, the target April 2020 rate for the NLW would be £8.67. Are you concerned about this target increase?

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* 11. What do you predict would be the effects of a rate of £8.67 in 2020 - please select all that apply

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* 12. What should happen for wage rates in 2020?

  Should be frozen for 2020 Should be increased by average wage earnings Should be increased by no more than the rate of inflation
National Living Wage
21-24 Minimum Wage
18-20 Minimum Wage
16-17 Minimum Wage
Apprentice Rate

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* 13. What are your views on the future trajectory of the NLW and other NMW rates after 2020?

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* 14. What do you think has been the effect of the minimum wage on young people, and on their employment prospects?

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* 15. Do you have any other comments or issues you would like to raise?

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