The national living wage for those aged 25 and over increased from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 on 6 April – up 4.2 per cent.

Other rises included: the national minimum wage for 21 to 24-year-olds moving from £6.95 to £7.05 an hour, 18 to 20-year-olds increasing from £5.55 to £5.60 an hour, 16 to 17-year-olds going up to £4.05, and the apprentice rate rising from £3.40 to £3.50.