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Living Wage Champion Awards 2022 winners announced

4th July 2022
The Living Wage Foundation is delighted to announce the winners of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2022. 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 Timi Merriman-Johnson (Mr MoneyJar) and ...

Low paid third sector workers risk being swept away by the cost-of-living crisis

23rd June 2022
One in seven (14.1 per cent) third sector workers are paid below the real Living Wage, with over three quarters of the public backing them to receive enough to live on, according to a new report by the Living Wage Foundation. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic combined with rising living costs has left many third sector workers struggling to keep their heads above water. Despite increased demand for services, the report warns that low pay is harming workers within the sector and threatening...

Living Wage Foundation Responds to Cost of Living Crisis  

29th May 2022
The Living Wage Foundation has today announced it will be bringing its new 2022-23 rate announcement forward to September, in response to the rising cost of living. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. The Living Wage rates are calculated annually using a robust methodology and based on the best available data. The rate is currently £9.90 in the UK and a higher rate of £11.05 to reflect the higher cost of living in the capital.  There are now over 10,000...

Living Wage Milestone: 10,000 Employers Paying the Real Living Wage to Support Staff with Cost Of Living  

10th May 2022
Over 10,000 UK employers are now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, nearly half (over 4,500) of whom have signed up since March 2020 Latest names to sign up include organisations like the Royal Albert Hall and the Fed; New research shows the Living Wage campaign has put over £1.8 billion in extra wages in the pockets of low paid workers since the campaign started 20 years ago; 1 in 13 UK workers now work for a Living Wage Employer; Despite these successes, millions are struggling with...

National Living Wage Rise: A Welcome Boost, But Workers Need More to Tackle Cost of Living Crisis

1st April 2022
Workers paid the National Living Wage need almost an extra £800 per year to bring earnings in line with the real Living Wage; The difference could pay for 13 weeks of food, or 10 weeks of housing costs; Workers in London paid the National Living Wage need over £3,000 extra a year to bring earnings in line with the London Living Wage; The difference could pay for nearly a year (43 weeks) of food bills, or 5 months (22 weeks) of housing costs.  As inflation hits the highest levels seen in decades...

Director of the Living Wage Foundation Katherine Chapman becomes Comissioner for the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality

16th March 2022
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation becomes a Commissioner for The Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI).The Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI) seeks to put tackling inequality at the heart of global business’s agenda for sustainable growth. Tackling inequality requires urgent action from all corners of society, and business has a critical role to play. BCTI works with a number of global companies and their leaders who are able to leverage their...

Almost one-third of working adults given less than a week's notice of working hours

15th March 2022
Nearly a third (32%) of all UK workers in full or part-time employment are given less than a week’s notice of their shifts, rising to half (50%) of workers earning below the real Living Wage;   Over a fifth (21%) of workers have had their shifts cancelled unexpectedly, the vast majority of which (88%) are not compensated at their full rate of pay; Nearly one-in-five (17%) who have experienced short shift notice periods or shift cancellations are forced to pay higher childcare costs as a result...

Low paid work and cost-of-living crisis disproportionately affecting women

8th March 2022
Women are disproportionately affected by low pay and spiralling living costs according to research by the Living Wage Foundation. This International Women’s Day our research focused on the state of the gender pay gap in the UK today. Overall, a fifth of women in work (20.4%) are paid below the real Living Wage, approximately 2.9m people, compared to 14 percent of men (1.9 million).  As a result, jobs held by women account for almost 60 per cent (59.7%) per cent of all jobs paid below the Living...

Rising cost of living hitting workers even harder than pandemic

10th February 2022
New 'Life on Low Pay' research shows:Almost two-fifths (38%) of low-paid workers – 1.8m workers nationally – report falling behind on household bills in 2021, up from 29% in 2020; Nearly a third (32%) of low-paid workers – 1.5m nationally – have regularly had to skip meals for financial reasons, up from 27% in 2020; 28% - 1.3m nationally – report being unable to heat their homes for financial reasons, up from 20% in 2020;17% - 813,000 workers nationally - said they had taken out a pay-day loan...

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,...