How do I approach my contractors?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:52 -- Sarah Vero

You should let your existing and any new contractors know that you have decided to become a Living Wage employer as soon as possible. We can provide a sample letter if you become accredited.

You should approach positively from the point that you are a client that requires a service and the service you require is Living Wage staff. Your contractors may have heard of the Living Wage, but if they have not you can send them some of our information or direct them to the website.

What about third party contracted staff?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:48 -- Sarah Vero

In order to be accredited an employer must pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and have an agreed plan in place for third party contracted staff such as contracted catering, cleaning, security, parks or ground staff. Where contracted staff cannot be moved onto the Living Wage immediately, organisations can choose to roll out the Living Wage across third party contracts over time, as the contracts come up for renewal. This is called phased implementation. The contracts are included in the licence agreement as 'milestones'.

What is the Living Wage as an annual salary?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:45 -- Sarah Vero

We don’t publish the Living Wage as an annual salary as the requirement is that the Living Wage is paid for each hour worked.

You can work out the annual salary by calculating LW x hours worked per week x 52.

For example the UK Living Wage as an annual salary might be £8.75 x 37.5 x 52 = £17,062.50 and the London Living Wage as an annual salary might be £10.20 x 37.5 x 52 = £19,890.

Where a salary calculation is used accredited employers must also ensure that they pay the Living Wage for each hour of over-time worked.

What about volunteers, apprentices and interns?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:30 -- Sarah Vero

Living Wage accreditation does not require employers to pay the Living Wage to volunteers, apprentices or interns.


Good volunteering programmes can both enrich an organisation making the opportunity available and the individual donating their time (unpaid) as charitable giving. We recommend that all of our employers adhere to government best practice guidance when creating volunteer placements.


Amy Hulme

Amy joined the Living Wage team in August 2014. She first came across the Foundation through her yearlong involvement in the Nottingham Living Wage Campaign. She has a background in clothing design and manufacture, and worked in fashion design for a number of years. Amy designed and created a collection for Cardiff’s very first Fashion Week. Experiencing Britain's clothing manufacturing industry first hand made Amy acutely aware of the need for the Living Wage.