It was controversial, this 7% increase in minimum wage for those over 25. Those in favour see it as a boost to the low-paid; small businesses fear spiraling costs, such as the redundancies they may be forced to make, which will of course affect the low paid as much as employers.

We are where we are. As this article shows, as long as employers think creatively and keep communication lines open, it may also be possible to reap some benefit from these changes. But whatever changes are made, be they redundancies or contractual variations, be careful to follow the correct procedures or you could face yet further costs.