Booksellers torn over National Living Wage hike tomorrow

Booksellers torn over National Living Wage hike tomorrow

Independent bookshops are torn on how the introduction of the National Living Wage tomorrow (1st April) will impact them, with some saying it will be “catastrophic” while others believe it will be a positive move for staff.

The new National Living Wage will come into effect tomorrow and see people over 25-years-old paid a minimum of £7.20 an hour, with this rate rising to £9 by 2020.

Sheridan Swinson, owner of Aardvark Books in Shropshire, has decried the move as a “disaster”, saying that he may be forced to cut employees' hours or shed staff following the move. While the new wage rate ma...

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