Jobs warning

Jobs warning

The minimum wage will deny people the chance to work, the new president of the Confederation of British Industry said yesterday.

The pounds 3.60-an-hour rate, to be implemented by the National Minimum Wage Act, which became law on Friday, was at the "top end" of the range the CBI saw as being "workable", said Sir Clive Thompson, chief executive of Rentokil Initial. "What I'm really against is the issue simply because I think it denies people the opportunity of being employed," he told the BBC1 programme Breakfast With Frost. "If you have a job to offer me at pounds 3 an hour simply because you can't sell your particular product at anything more than employing me at pounds 3 an hour, you're denying me the opportunity of doing a job."

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