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Ferries: Minimum Wage

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 278971, tabled on 18 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to require UK registered ferry operators to pay the Minimum Wage to all employees.

Answered on

31 July 2019

I have proposed, subject to Parliamentary time, amending legislation be made in autumn that will extend the Minimum Wage to all seafarers working domestically in the UK and this will include all ferries that are working domestic routes in the UK.

The amending legislation will be subject to the affirmative process and it is expected to enter into force in April 2020. This will align with the annual amendment to the minimum wage rates and should simplify the administrative processes for industry.