Laura Gardiner

Laura is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that works to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. Her work at the Foundation has focused on analysis of the labour market, including pay trends, self-employment and the social care workforce. She now specialises in intergenerational issues, and is secretary to the Intergenerational Commission.

Pernille Hagild

Pernille has spent majority of her career within retail, however for five years of her career she was a High School teacher. Pernille was born in 1965 in Denmark where she lived until moving to London in 2012 with her 3 children. She has a degree in International Marketing followed by several certifications around coaching, personal development and communication. In 2002, Pernille joined IKEA in Denmark, working as a Learning and Development manager in one of the Copenhagen stores, where shortly afterwards she become the Store HR manager.

Lola McEvoy

Lola joined the Living Wage Foundation in June 2016. She looks after campaigns and communications strategy for the Foundation and also project manages our programme of events.

She has a background in managing high profile campaigns and has a passion for campaigns around employee's rights and issues affecting women in the workplace.
She has a MA in Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University. 

Tess Lanning

Tess joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2015. She oversees the Living Wage Commission and leads on the development of new tools and tailored support services to improve job quality and performance in low wage industries. She is also a freelance policy consultant and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), specialising in business, skills and labour market policy.

Katherine Chapman

Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. She has a background in working with industry leaders and policy makers to achieve change. Before joining the Foundation she was Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a public body providing strategic leadership on employment and skills issues in the UK. She led on strategies to boost productivity, wages and social mobility and directed a variety of programmes to encourage employers to invest in their workforce and offer more opportunities to young people.

What about self-employed workers?

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:44 -- Emma Kosmin

For the purposes of Living Wage accreditation self-employed workers are treated the same as sub-contracted workers. This means that if they work on your premises for more than two hours for eight consecutive weeks they must be paid the Living Wage.

This also applies to workers and contractors who do not have a fixed place of work but are part of the core workforce, such as couriers in a delivery company or home care workers.

What is the difference between the Living Wage and the government's 'National Living Wage' introduced in April 2016?

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:10 -- Emma Kosmin

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher statutory minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age, and referred to it as the ‘national living wage’.

The government intends the higher minimum wage rate for over 25s to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Current estimates suggest this would mean a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020. 

Jay Kerr

Jay joined the Foundation in May 2015 after living overseas for four years. Holding a degree from Queen Mary University in History and Politics, Jay has previously worked in Fundraising and Communications at the MedicAlert Foundation and as a Support Worker for teens and older people in Hackney.  

Where does the London Living Wage rate need to apply?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:44 -- Emma Kosmin

The London rate is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence about living standards in the capital. It covers workplaces in all boroughs in Greater London. You can find out if your workplace postcode is in a London Borough here: