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Why Sainsbury's should become an accredited Living Wage employer

7th January 2022
Today's news that Sainsbury's plans to give all shop floor workers a pay rise was a great way to finish the first week of the new year. This will make a huge difference to thousands of the supermarket’s workers up and down the country, guaranteeing them a wage that covers the cost of living and means they can live a life of dignity.The next step for Sainsbury's, and indeed other companies that are thinking about paying the real Living Wage rates, is to accredit with the Living Wage Foundation...

Over two-fifths of all supermarket workers earn below the real Living Wage

14th December 2021
42% of all supermarket workers in the UK - or 366,000 workers in total -earn below the real Living Wage  Female supermarket workers are disproportionately affected by low pay in supermarkets, with 49% of female workers earning below the real Living Wage compared to 35% of men BAME workers are also disproportionately affected, with 44% of BAME workers earning below the real Living Wage compared to white workers (41%) Not one UK supermarket is an accredited Living Wage employer  New research by...

Real Living Wage increases to £9.90 in UK and £11.05 in London as cost of living rises.

15th November 2021
Over 300,000 Living Wage workers are set for a pay boost  More than £1.6 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of the Living Wage movement 20 years ago £613 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown, with a record number of employers signing up - over 3,000 since the pandemic began [1] Greater London Authority and Greater Manchester Combined Authority are today making announcements on their progress to becoming Living Wage City...

4.8 million jobs in the UK pay below the real Living Wage

14th November 2021
1 in 6 (17.1%) of UK jobs pay below the real Living Wage, a significant decrease from last year’s figure of 5.4 million (1 in 5 or 20.2 per cent) Women (20.4 percent) are more likely to earn below the real Living Wage than men (13.9%) Part-time workers (33.2%) are more likely to earn below the Living Wage than full-time workers (11.0%) Workers from racialised groups (19.4%) are more likely to earn below the real Living Wage than white workers (16.3%) New research by the Living Wage Foundation ...

Response to Government's 'National Living Wage' announcement ahead of October budget

25th October 2021
It has been announced today, that the government are raising the 'National Living Wage' from April 2022 to £9.50 an hour.Read our response to this news from Graham Griffiths, Director at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “The rise in the National Living Wage is a positive step for so many workers who have been working hard and struggling to make ends meet. This significant increase and will go some way to easing the pressure on households feeling the squeeze, but there is still a substantial...

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...

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...