Q4 2021 Press Release – National Living Wage


The majority of Bermuda residents remain in support of the National Living Wage proposal.

BERMUDA: The aftermath of the early pandemic outbreak is now a global pressing issue, where governments across the world are working on the optimal way of handling  issues such as rising inflation, budget deficits, and unemployment. In Bermuda, the most important concern is now the economy, including the cost of living, which has surpassed the concern of the pandemic itself. In the context of the recent economic downturn, two-thirds are in support of the National Living Wage proposed by the Bermuda Government (67%), while one in eight areopposed to that idea (14%). Despite the decrease in those who overall support the concept of a National Living Wage compared to two years ago (down 6 points), more are now in complete support (up 16 points). JUst over one in ten state that it depends (13%; up 10 points from December 2019), suggesting either increased uncertainty or increased knowledge in the matter.  

Results show that women and middle-income earners (between $75K – L.T. $150K) are most likely to completely support the idea. Conversely, complete opposition is highest among men, higher-income earners (over $150K), and non-Bermudians. Also, younger residents were most likely to overall oppose the idea.

These results are part of Narrative Research Bermuda’s Online Bermuda Omnibus® Survey conducted between November 26 – December 12, 2021 with a sample of adult residents of Bermuda (18 years of age or older). The results above are not commissioned by a third party and were collected independently by Narrative Research Bermuda. The results presented in this document were collected from our online survey of 370 members of Narrative Research Bermuda’s proprietary online panel of adult residents, Bermuda Voice. A margin of error cannot be ascribed to the online survey results.

For more information, please contact:

Graham Redford, Managing Partner, Narrative Research Bermuda, 278-8882 or graham@narrativeresearch.bm  

Margaret Chapman, COO and Partner, Narrative Research,  mchapman@narrativeresearch.bm