Living wage

We are a Living Wage employer  The Living Wage is a voluntary pay rate independently set by the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. The current UK Living Wage is £7.85 an hour, or £9.15 in London

Organisations which pay all their staff at least the Living Wage, and whose contractors are also paid the Living Wage, can become a Living Wage Employer and can display the Living Wage logo, right.

The Living Wage is different to the “national living wage“, a new premium minimum wage introduced by the Government from April 2016 for people aged 25 and over.


Establish ‘wage boards’ to address low-paid workers’ earnings

The government should introduce a ‘new settlement’ for low paid workers, giving them more control over the hours they work...

Guarantee or subsidise wages, urges Starmer

19 Mar 2020

Labour leadership candidate Keir Starmer has called for a national income guarantee scheme to limit the economic impact of the...

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How rewarding staff in small firms need not be costly

10 Mar 2020

When it comes to rewarding employees, most people automatically think of financial incentives: high salaries, bonuses and generous pension schemes....

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

8 Jan 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already...

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Royal Parks workers’ pay increased following further strike threat

16 Dec 2019

Park and toilet attendants who work at the Royal Parks in London have been awarded a 31% pay increase after...

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Living Wage increases to benefit 210,000 workers

11 Nov 2019

The Living Wage has announced its new rates with the headline figure for outside London rising to £9.30, an increase of 3.33%...

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Labour would create ‘Ministry of Employment Rights’

10 Sep 2019

A future Labour government would create a ministry of employment rights and a workers’ protection agency, Jeremy Corbyn has announced....

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Football clubs under fire over staff’s low pay

9 Aug 2019

Premier League clubs have been slow to seek Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

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One in six workers are in insecure, low-paid jobs

12 Jun 2019

One sixth of UK workers – around 5.1 million people – are in insecure, low-paid work, according to new research....

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Mayfair club kitchen porters call for the Living Wage

6 Jun 2019

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has urged one of London’s most exclusive membership clubs to ensure its...

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Outsourced government workers strike over pay

22 May 2019

Outsourced workers at two government departments are striking over low pay and changes to pay cycles which a union has...

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Addison Lee drivers strike over ‘below minimum wage’ pay

1 May 2019

The first ever strike involving Addison Lee drivers takes place today (1 May), when drivers operating from Luton Airport take...

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Social inequality ‘stagnant’ and could get worse

30 Apr 2019

Government departments should be “model employers” when it comes to promoting social mobility, according to a report from the Social...

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Will the Waterstones Living Wage petition make a difference?

10 Apr 2019

Waterstones staff campaigning for the “real” Living Wage have delivered a petition with more than 9,000 signatures to the bookseller’s...

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Better working conditions needed to improve chef retention

3 Apr 2019

Chef training and working conditions need to be reformed to help restaurants retain the estimated 10% of chefs that leave...

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