Low Pay Commission, Commissioners x4 Copy

Body: Low Pay Commission
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: London, though also involve occasional visits around the country (typically one to two a year, with 1-2 night stays)
Skills required: Business / Commercial, HR, Retail
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £242.12 for each full day of LPC business (and reasonable travel and subsistence expenses)
Time Requirements: On average 16 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    04/09/2022 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation

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 with the key findings of its most recent report summarised here.

Person Specification

The LPC is made up of individuals appointed from an employer background, individuals from a worker background and independent members. We expect to appoint three worker members and one Employer member.

For all roles, you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Ability to make important and difficult objective decisions within fixed timeframes, whilst maintaining independence of mind.
  • Able to challenge constructively the opinion of others, work to achieve a shared consensus and accept collective responsibility.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Able to work as part of a team.


You must also demonstrate the essential criteria relevant to the role(s) for which you apply:

Worker Member

  • Understanding of issues faced by low paid workers.
  • A commitment to an evidence-based approach and the capacity to appreciate the implications of complex evidence, including economic data.


Employer Member

  • Experience of working in business at a senior level.
  • Ability to apply own experience in business to issues of low pay.


The following criteria are desirable:

  • An understanding of the remit of the LPC.
  • An understanding of the challenges facing small businesses (Employer Member role only).


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