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National Living Wage Helps Boost Pay for Lowest U.K. Earners

  • Pay growth fastest at bottom end of earnings scale, ONS says
  • Gender pay gap for worst-off earners narrows most on record

The U.K.’s increased national minimum wage is showing signs of success.

The lowest-paid British workers had the strongest salary growth in the year running up to April 2016, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. That suggests the National Living Wage -- introduced in April 2015 by former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne -- is having its intended effect. Its implementation pushed the base level of pay up to 7.20 pounds ($8.80) an hour from 6.70 pounds.