Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns, Policy Advisor for Employment & Skills at the British Retail Consortium, said:

“Retailers welcome the government’s focus on the quality of work, as well as job numbers. As the largest private sector employer, accounting for around 3 million jobs across the UK, retailers have been working towards creating better jobs for a number of years to ensure retail provides an attractive career path which is accessible, rewarding and well remunerated.

“Many measures announced today are important steps towards ensuring that the legal framework reflects modern workplaces and current employment practices. It is critical that the government now works in partnership with businesses to ensure new legislation strikes the right balance and does not undermine flexibility in the labour market.

“Retailers support robust enforcement, however, it is essential that there is clarity in regulations, relevant guidance and support for employers to enable them to fully comply. It is encouraging the government have listened to the industry and will consult on the national minimum wage regulations. The regulations must support the flexibility that colleagues want and retailers are striving to offer.”

You can view details of the Government's "Good Work Plan" following the Taylor review here