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.

Who does the Living Wage apply to?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:50 -- Sarah Vero

The Living Wage applies to all directly employed staff over the age of 18 regardless of the amount of hours they work.

For third party contractors the exact definition is those who work regularly on your premises, or premises necessary to the work being carried out , for 2 or more hours a day, in any day of the week, for 8 or more consecutive weeks of the year.

The Living Wage does not apply to contractors that supply your organisation with products e.g. stationary suppliers.