Can bonuses be included in the Living Wage rate?

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:39 -- Sarah Vero

Only guaranteed non-deferred payments can be included in the Living Wage rate.

This means guaranteed bonus payments can be included. Examples of guaranteed bonuses are a time away from home allowance, or an inner city weighting allowance. Non-guaranteed payments such as productivity or sales related bonuses cannot be included, except in specific cases where the hourly wage of the worker is guaranteed.

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 2014 and has a background in fashion design. Before joining the Living Wage Foundation Amy was part of Citizens UK, campaigning for the Living Wage in Nottingham. She studied Clothing Design and Manufacture at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Amy oversees the team focusing on improving pay for people in low paying industries including retail, hospitality and the gig economy. She is also part of the team working on the Living Wage Foundation's new project about Good Work and leads the Foundations' consultancy work. 

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, 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.

We recommend that you communicate your Living Wage commitment to everyone you do business with, and encourage them to consider implementing the Living Wage.