Tackling low pay is part of the Government's plan to move to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare society.
100,000 low-paid people in Northern Ireland, 13 per cent of the workforce, will directly benefit from the National Living Wage from April next year.
A full-time worker on the current National Minimum Wage will be £1,200 better off as a result.
The Government’s plan is working. Official figures published last week show that weekly earnings for full-time employees in Northern Ireland were up 5.4 per cent over the year. The highest growth rate of all regions in the UK.