Do employers have to pay the Living Wage rates by law?

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:26 -- Sarah Vero

The Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of base pay. It provides a benchmark for responsible employers who choose to pay their employees a rate that meets the basic cost of living in the UK and London. It is higher than the government's National Minimum Wage rates, including the minimum wage rate for over-25s (the 'National Living Wage') because it is calculated according to the cost of living.

Becky Malone

Becky joined the Living Wage in July 2017 as Communications Officer. She has a media and digital background, having previously worked as a Media Assistant at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where she helped to raise awareness of the organisation’s work by creating online content and securing press coverage. Before that, Becky worked in the music industry as a Promotions Coordinator, alongside voluntary work for a number of youth and community radio stations. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London. 

Lou Budd

Lou joined the Living Wage Foundation in July 2017 as Programme Administrator. Before joining us, Lou was leading a team of volunteers in Kenya with a social enterprise, working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses sustainably. Prior to this she worked at a conservation charity for elephants, communities and their shared habitats across Asia. She also volunteered at a youth club for refugees and asylum seekers one evening per week.