The UK national minimum wage and age discrimination

Sargeant, Malcolm ORCID logoORCID: (2010) The UK national minimum wage and age discrimination. Policy Studies, 31 (3) . pp. 351-364. ISSN 0144-2872 [Article] (doi:10.1080/01442871003616065)


The national minimum wage in the UK took effect from 1 April 1999. From the beginning it has treated workers under the age of 22 years as a separate group, now paying them a development rate, rather than the full adult rate. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 contained an exception for the age related pay levels. The issue discussed is whether the lower rates paid to 18-21-
year-olds and 16-17-year-olds can be objectively justified in accord with the Framework Directive on Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation. This objective justification requires a legitimate aim and a proportionate means of
achieving this aim.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Included in the Economy section of Taylor and Francis' UK General Election Research Collection. All items in the collection free to read until the end of June 2015, via [see linked copy of this URL under "Useful links" below].
Keywords (uncontrolled): equality; policy analysis; public policy; national minimum wage; social policy
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
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Item ID: 4635
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Depositing User: Malcolm Sargeant
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 09:12
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:18

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