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University of the Arts London (UAL) has been formally accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

As a Living Wage Employer, all staff and contractors working for UAL receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to everyday needs. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 275,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

James Purnell, President & Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said: “Becoming an accredited employer is an important milestone for the University and recognises that we have embedded the principles of the Living Wage throughout our institution. UAL is putting social purpose at the core of our strategy and a crucial aspect of that is valuing the contribution of all who work with us and ensuring they are paid fairly.” 

Graham Griffiths, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that UAL has joined the movement of over 8,000 accredited employers across the UK who’ve committed to go further than the government minimum and pay a real Living Wage. UAL is now accredited alongside household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton and many more, with over 2,000 more employers receiving the real Living Wage accreditation since the start of the pandemic. These organisations recognise that paying the real Living Wage is not only the mark of a responsible employer and the right thing to do, but the essential foundation to a strong and equitable recovery.”


Join over 8000 accredited Living Wage Employers including UAL. 

16th September 2021
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