There are concerns that companies could get workers to pay for the wage increase out of their own pockets, either by offering less hours or by reducing bonuses and perks that do not come out of direct wages. Charles Cotton, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, looks at the National Living Wage from a staff perspective.
The 1st of April is the day when some of the most watched economic figures are out. The Purchasing Managers Index will tell us whether Europe's and the worlds factories are busier or quieter than last month. John Elliott MBE, Founder and Chairman of Ebac, who are big in domestic dehumidifiers, joins Share Radio to give a true picture from the UK factory floor.
Naomi Smith is London First's Europe Director. She leads their campaigning work to stay in the EU and joins Ed Mitchell on the line. The Tata steel story comes at a time of intensifying debate about the future of the UK in Europe. The questions were bound to be raised.. would Brexit help Britain's steel industry and does membership of the EU cause the problems in the first place? Naomi offers her analysis.
There are many aspects and huge ramifications associated with the Tata steel saga but at the heart of the matter is selling the right quality steel, at the right price, to the right customer in the right place. Given that the UK, or indeed other European producers, will never be able to compete with the giant producers of China. The Focus may have to be on niche, high end production. For his views, Ed Mitchell of Investment Perspectives is joined on the line by Dominic King, Head of Policy at UK steel, the trade association for the British steel industry.
David Buik, Panmure Gordon's renowned business commentator, explained the main reason for the company's 'huge loss'. In a frank interview, David told Nigel Cassidy and Louise Cooper how regulation on goodwill was the major factor.
Boeing, the world's largest plane manufacturer, plans to cut thousands of jobs. So is this a sign that Boeing, and even the wider aerospace sector, is in trouble? Matt Cox spoke to aviation expert Julian Bray who offered his thoughts on the situation.
Once again, it's time for This Is Money. Editor Simon Lambert and Product Editor Laura Whitcombe from the award-winning site join Georgie Frost in the studio to discuss the biggest financial stories of the week. And of course, it's almost tax-time, and are you ready? Then, how to make sure your nest egg is secure and thriving. And finally, it's time for our Easter sweets taste-test, which of the supermarkets will come out on top?