As from 1 April 2010, the minimum wage in Jersey increased from £6.08 per hour to £6.20 per hour.
In a Proposition dated 8 February 2010 Deputy Geoff Southern proposed that the minimum wage to be implemented on 1 April 2010 should be increased to £6.28. Deputy Trevor Pitman then put forward a Proposition on 11 February 2010 to increase the rate further, to £6.36. Both Deputies stated that the increases were necessary in order that the 2010 minimum wage was equal to or more than 40% of the average wage (based on average weekly earnings), given the recommendation of the Employment Forum in 2007 in this regard.
The States rejected these Propositions on 18 February 2010 and 23 February respectively. They referred to the continued effect of the global economic downturn upon the Island and supported the original recommendations put forward by the Employment Forum in October 2009.
The UK increased its minimum wage on 1 October 2009 by 1.2% to £5.80, following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission. Guernsey does not currently have a minimum wage but the States of Guernsey passed the Minimum Wage Projet de Loi in March 2009, which is now with the Privy Council