THOUSANDS of full-time workers in Redditch are set to receive an annual pay rise of up to £930 following a 6.2 per cent increase in the National Living Wage.

From April 1, the National Living Wage (NLW) will be increasing from £8.21 to £8.72 an hour.

Nearly three million workers are set to benefit from the increases to the NLW and minimum wage rates for younger workers, according to estimates from the independent Low Pay Commission.

The new rate results in an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the National Living Wage.

Younger workers who receive the National Minimum Wage will also see their pay boosted with increases of between 4.6 per cent and 6.5 per cent, dependant on their age, with 21 to 24 year olds seeing a 6.5 per cent increase from £7.70 to £8.20 an hour.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean welcomed the news.

“Work should always pay, which is why I’m delighted full time workers in Redditch on the National Living Wage will be £930 a year better off," she said.

“This is a huge step on the UK’s journey to become the first country in the world to eliminate low pay in the next five years.”