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Living Wage Foundation partners with financial health tool for independent workers

12th October 2021
Over the last six months, the Living Wage Foundation has been involved with the Mayor of London's office to help run a grant for the resilience fund focused on improving the lives of gig workers. We are confident in saying this challenge has been a great success.The winner of the challenge, Finmo, has developed a financial health tool using Open Banking called Clarity. The tool was built with the stated goal of improving the financial health and wellness of independent workers by helping them...

Paying a Real Living Wage Could Boost UK Economy By Over £1.5bn

28th September 2021
Wider adoption of the real Living Wage could provide an economic boost to the UK economy worth over £1.5bn, according to new research by the Smith Institute.   LW_MapStats_UK_Twitter.jpg If just a quarter of those on low incomes saw their pay raised to the real Living Wage based on everyday needs, a subsequent increase in wages, productivity and spending could deliver a £1.5bn economic boost to the UK economy, and support a more equitable recovery from Covid,...

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

16th September 2021
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 Foundation Launches Toolkit Outlining Path to Real Living Wage in Social Care

16th September 2021
The Living Wage Foundation has today launched a Social Care Toolkit, providing guidance for adult social care providers and local authorities commissioning care who wish to pay their workers the real Living Wage.   Adult social care is one of the lowest paying sectors in the UK. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of care workers in England are paid below the real Living Wage, a figure which represents over 600,000 jobs.1 Despite the Government’s recent commitment to provide additional funding to the...

Low Pay in Third Sector Not Improved in Five Years and Could Get Worse Due to Covid-19

14th September 2021
New research shows low pay continues to be an issue in the third sector and is a particular issue for women, disabled workers, those from racialised groups and part time workers. A fifth (17%) of workers in the third sector earn below the Living Wage, amounting to 388,000 workers nationally. The rate of low pay in the sector is the same as it was five years ago, despite low pay in the public and private sectors’ decreasing, according to new research from the Living Wage Foundation.  Low paid ...

20 Years of the Real Living Wage - Over £1.5 Billion Extra put into Workers' Pockets

24th August 2021
Over £1.5 billion in increased wages has been put back into the pockets of workers through the campaign for a real Living Wage over the past 20 years, according to new research published today by the Living Wage Foundation and Cardiff Business School. Key findings of the study include: Since its inception 20 years ago, the Living Wage campaign has put back more than £1.53bn into the pockets of over 260,000 low-paid workers. Almost three-quarters of employers paying the real Living Wage said...

#LivingWageWindow Competition Opens!

16th August 2021
We’re launching a #LivingWageWindow Competition in the run up to Living Wage Week 2021 – the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement. The competition also opens in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Living Wage movement, so It's the perfect opportunity to promote your Living Wage commitment to your staff, customers and local community by getting creative with your windows. The best window will win a bundle of Living Wage Employer goodies, as well as a promotional package tailored...

More than 3.5 million people in low paid, insecure work.

29th July 2021
Living Wage Foundation releases new report on unstable and volatile working in labour market   There are 3.7 million people (12%) in the UK in low paid and insecure work, and these insecure workers are more likely to have lost work during the pandemic, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF). LWF analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Family Resource Survey (FRS) found: Around 3.7m people are in insecure forms of work and earn less than the real Living...

New Chair of the Living Wage Advisory Council Announced

19th July 2021
Jenny Baskerville, Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality at the professional services firm KPMG UK, has been appointed Chair of the Living Wage Foundation Advisory Council. Jenny brings with her a wealth of experience, having served on the Living Wage Advisory Council for over 3 years. KPMG in the UK has been a longstanding Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation and has been an accredited employer since 2012. The Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the Living...

Living Pensions – providing a pension that workers can live on

19th July 2021
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Living Wage campaign and the ambition to eradicate in-work poverty and secure wages that meet the real costs of living. With nearly 8000 employers accredited, the campaign for a real Living Wage has ensured hundreds of thousands of workers are earning a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. But it is essential to help them plan, so they will not have to work beyond an acceptable age, or risk entering poverty in later life.The introduction...

Islington to become north London’s first Living Wage Borough

6th July 2021
An alliance of prominent employers in Islington has today launched an Action Plan to make Islington North London’s first “Living Wage Borough”.The group of seventeen public, voluntary and private sector employers, including Islington Council, Whittington Health, BDP, AHHM, City and London Metropolitan Universities, has committed to ambitious plans to double the number of Living Wage accredited employers and workers over the next 3 years. This will result in 3,000 more workers in Islington...

Living Wage Champion Awards Winners Announced

17th June 2021
The Living Wage Foundation is delighted to announce the winners of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2021. The Awards recognise and celebrate Living Wage Employers and individuals that are leading the movement by promoting the real Living Wage in their industries, supply chain and areas, leading to outstanding contributions to communities and industries across the UK.   The winners were celebrated yesterday evening at an online awards ceremony hosted by YolanDa Brown and sponsored by Aviva...

An update on the Living Wage Foundation’s anti-racism work 

28th April 2021
The publication of the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) – 10 months after the killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests again laid bare the scale and depths of structural racism in our society – has sparked an exhausting and unnecessary conversation about racism’s existence. Instead, we should be focusing on how to dismantle it. The Living Wage Foundation exists to tackle in-work poverty. We know we cannot be an anti-poverty organisation without also being an...

Almost Two-Fifths of Working Adults Given Less Than a Week’s Notice of Working Hours

15th April 2021
Close to two-fifths (37%) of UK workers in full or part-time employment are given less than a week's notice of their shifts or work patterns, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation. The research – based on two surveys, of over 2,000 UK adults in each case[1] – addresses a gap in the UK’s labour market data and understanding of hours insecurity, being the first recent study to assess notice periods for work schedules across the workforce.[2]  The study found that among...

SSE Announced as Newest Living Hours Employer

15th April 2021
Scottish energy provider SSE has been confirmed as an accredited Living Hours Employer – underlining its commitment to providing workers with secure, guaranteed working hours.   The business a leading advocate of the Living Wage movement, has been working towards accreditation for some time. The announcement further demonstrates the importance it places on setting strong standards on fair work and better support for workers and families. Laura Gardiner, Living Wage Foundation Director, said: “...

Five Years of the ‘National Living Wage’: Promising Pay Rises and a £10bn Gap to the Real Living Wage

1st April 2021
New research has found that after five years, the National Living Wage (NLW) has significantly boosted pay for the low paid, but a large gap remains between the government’s minimum wage for over 23s and a real Living Wage based on the cost of living. New analysis by the Living Wage Foundation assessing the number of workers on the NLW each year and their working hours has found NLW earners have collectively received £10bn less than they would have earned on the real Living Wage, over the NLW’s...