In June 2002, it gave us terms of reference for a fourth report to be submitted by February 2003. As with our previous reports, we have based our recommendations on extensive research and consultation. We are indebted to all those who have Conveyancing Fees assisted us in our task by providing information, undertaking research and engaging with us in consultation and debate.
In making our recommendations, we were asked to have regard to the wider economic and social implications.The Government asked us to look specifically at 21 year olds. At the time of our first report the data and evidence could lead to a number of possible judgments. But the data for this report are far clearer for most 21 year olds the lower statutory minimum is irrelevant.
As they already receive at least the full National Minimum Wage. We have scrutinised the immediate impact of the minimum wage. But a full assessment cannot be undertaken now. More time is needed before national earnings data are available to help evaluate its full impact. Similarly, although our evidence suggests that compliance is reasonably high, it is too soon to offer a definitive assessment.
We were not asked to make recommendations on uprating, or on the coverage of younger workers other than 21 year olds, and so we have not done so. But the Commission is clear that for the National Minimum Wage to continue to be a useful labour market instrument, it cannot be left at its initial rate.
The level must be reassessed, so that employers can plan ahead, and low-paid workers can continue to benefit. Following our initial recommendations, the Government asked us to monitor the implementation of the National Minimum Wage and report again in December 1999.In particular, it asked us to review the position of 21 year olds. It then issued Regulations and guidance and launched an extensive advertising campaign.