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Thousands of jobs could go if NMW regulations are changed...

Many thousands of job losses could result if the government amends the National Minimum Wage (NNW) regulations from 1 January in an attempt to reduce the exploitation of vulnerable workers.

Brian White, a tax partner at Big Four accountancy firm Deloitte, toldRecruiter magazine that low-paid workers could also be left up to £30 a week worse off.

White added that because the changes would increase the cost of employing these workers, he estimated that the number of job loses could range from “the high tens’ of thousands to a few hundred thousand”. The changes would affect temporary workers earning up to £9 an hour, said White.

However, recruiters and other other suppliers have welcomed the plans. Andy Hogarth, chairman and chief executive of industrial recruiter Staffline, toldRecruiterit was “excellent news”.

“It’s good for the industry because everybody knows what the rules are and it allows everyone to compete fairly, and it is very good for the workers because they will now get full entitlement to state benefits (based on National Insurance Contributions [NICs]) that they should have had before.”

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