Low Pay Commission, Chair

Body: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £530 per day
Time Requirements: Three days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    03/10/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body set up under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the government on the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW). Made up of nine Commissioners and supported by a small secretariat, its purpose is to recommend minimum wage rates that help as many low-paid workers as possible without any significant adverse impact on employment or the economy. This involves careful consideration of evidence on the economy, pay, the opinions of stakeholders, testimony from front-line visits and commissioned research with a view to reaching a shared judgement on the right balance.

For twenty years the minimum wage has successfully raised pay for those at the bottom without significant negative effects on jobs. Now the policy has entered a new phase with the introduction of the National Living Wage – a higher rate for workers aged 23 and over which is subject to a goal of reaching 66 per cent of median earnings by 2024, as long as economic conditions allow. Whoever is appointed to these vacancies will play a critical role in guiding the new policy including monitoring its effects. The reach of the LPC’s recommendations is significant: we estimate around 2m workers (approximately 7%) are on one of the existing minimum wage rates, and a further 4-5m are affected indirectly.

More information is available on the LPC website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/low-pay-commission

with the key findings of its most recent report summarised here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-minimum-wage-in-2020

Person Specification

For the role, you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Effective communication skills and an ability to lead others and to build consensus.
  • An ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders.
  • An ability to lead strategically in a high-profile environment.
  • An ability to analyse complex issues, including financial and economic information.
  • An understanding of, or have the ability to grasp, issues surrounding the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage and the effects on the workforce and the labour market and the ability to understand the impact on businesses and business competitiveness.

The following criteria are also desirable:

  • An understanding of economics, particularly in relation to the labour market, would be an advantage.
  • An understanding of/appreciation of negotiations in a business or workplace environment would be an advantage.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 9am on 3 October 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

To apply, please:

  • Complete the online application form by clicking here.
  • Submit your cover letter and CV to Joshua Sweet at publicappointments@beis.gov.uk with ‘URN551 LPC’ in the subject heading.

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

You should submit one document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). You should save the document as ‘Surname, Initial – URN551 Acas’.

The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience, and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria

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