THE Low Pay Commission has begun it consultation on the National Minimum Wage rate for 2015.
Retailer representative group ACS says it will respond and will support the commission’s regional visits.
ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We know from our previous evidence that increased employment costs result in retailers taking on more hours themselves and delaying business investment.”
The ACS Voice of Local Shop survey found that 55% of retailers said they worked hours that meant they earn less than national minimum wage.
The consultation runs until 24 September, 2014.