Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Voluntary living wage rate rises above £10 per hour in London

One in five Brits trapped in working poverty 150000 to pick up rise in living wage
Juana Turner | 07 November, 2017, 00:38

Workers earning the Living Wage are set to receive a pay rise.

More than two in five (42%) part-time workers in the United Kingdom earned less than the living wage compared to almost one in six (13%) full-time workers, with part-time roles three times more likely to pay below £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London.

Director of the Living Wage Foundation, Katherine Chapman, said that the living wage is necessary because it reflects the "real cost of living in the United Kingdom and London".

The foundation said the 2017 increase has been driven by inflation, as well as an increase in rent and transport costs. By paying the real living wage since 2006 KPMG has seen improved staff morale, a rise in service standards, improved retention of staff and increased productivity.

More than 3,600 employers across the United Kingdom have signed up to the living wage rate, including more than 1,000 in London alone.

Living Wage New Zealand convener, Annie Newman said for many low wage workers, the boost in pay can't come soon enough.

However, Lidl has not formally accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, which would commit the firm to pay rises every year.

The voluntary Living Wage is enough to ensure that employees and their families can live free from poverty.

The wage increase is above the Government's living wage, which is set at £7.50 for employees over the age of 25 years.

Two cleaners at a Ferrari showroom were sacked last week after walking out on strike in protest at not being paid the living wage.

Many high-profile employers including luxury hotel chains and most Premier League football clubs have failed to sign up to the pledge.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady urged more companies to sign up, adding that "many bosses are still refusing to invest in their staff". I am determined to make London a fairer and more equal city, and the news that more than 1,500 businesses are paying the wage is a good step towards achieving that.

Find a full list of all the companies who have promised to pay the Living Wage Foundation rates of pay here.

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