On the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage the Association of Licensed Multiple retailers (ALMR) has called for restraint in increases to the basic rate of pay. The trade body said that pubs and bars had seen payroll costs soar from 17% to 27% of turnover over the last 10 years. Kate Nicholls, ALMR head of communications, said: “The National Minimum Wage should provide a fair deal for workers and employers alike. “The industry has struggled to absorb increased staffing costs for over a decade and any further pay hikes could prove to be the fatal blow for many pub and bar operators.” The comments came as the government is set to increase the NMW from £5.52 to £5.73 from 1 October.