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More than 3.5 million people in low paid, insecure work.

29th July 2021
Living Wage Foundation releases new report on unstable and volatile working in labour market   There are 3.7 million people (12%) in the UK in low paid and insecure work, and these insecure workers are more likely to have lost work during the pandemic, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF). LWF analysis of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Family Resource Survey (FRS) found: Around 3.7m people are in insecure forms of work and earn less than the real Living...

New Chair of the Living Wage Advisory Council Announced

19th July 2021
Jenny Baskerville, Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality at the professional services firm KPMG UK, has been appointed Chair of the Living Wage Foundation Advisory Council. Jenny brings with her a wealth of experience, having served on the Living Wage Advisory Council for over 3 years. KPMG in the UK has been a longstanding Principal Partner of the Living Wage Foundation and has been an accredited employer since 2012. The Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the Living...

Living Pensions – providing a pension that workers can live on

19th July 2021
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Living Wage campaign and the ambition to eradicate in-work poverty and secure wages that meet the real costs of living. With nearly 8000 employers accredited, the campaign for a real Living Wage has ensured hundreds of thousands of workers are earning a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. But it is essential to help them plan, so they will not have to work beyond an acceptable age, or risk entering poverty in later life.The introduction...

Islington to become north London’s first Living Wage Borough

6th July 2021
An alliance of prominent employers in Islington has today launched an Action Plan to make Islington North London’s first “Living Wage Borough”.The group of seventeen public, voluntary and private sector employers, including Islington Council, Whittington Health, BDP, AHHM, City and London Metropolitan Universities, has committed to ambitious plans to double the number of Living Wage accredited employers and workers over the next 3 years. This will result in 3,000 more workers in Islington...

Living Wage Champion Awards Winners Announced

17th June 2021
The Living Wage Foundation is delighted to announce the winners of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2021. The Awards recognise and celebrate Living Wage Employers and individuals that are leading the movement by promoting the real Living Wage in their industries, supply chain and areas, leading to outstanding contributions to communities and industries across the UK.   The winners were celebrated yesterday evening at an online awards ceremony hosted by YolanDa Brown and sponsored by Aviva...

An update on the Living Wage Foundation’s anti-racism work 

28th April 2021
The publication of the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) – 10 months after the killing of George Floyd and subsequent protests again laid bare the scale and depths of structural racism in our society – has sparked an exhausting and unnecessary conversation about racism’s existence. Instead, we should be focusing on how to dismantle it. The Living Wage Foundation exists to tackle in-work poverty. We know we cannot be an anti-poverty organisation without also being an...

Almost Two-Fifths of Working Adults Given Less Than a Week’s Notice of Working Hours

15th April 2021
Close to two-fifths (37%) of UK workers in full or part-time employment are given less than a week's notice of their shifts or work patterns, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation. The research – based on two surveys, of over 2,000 UK adults in each case[1] – addresses a gap in the UK’s labour market data and understanding of hours insecurity, being the first recent study to assess notice periods for work schedules across the workforce.[2]  The study found that among...

SSE Announced as Newest Living Hours Employer

15th April 2021
Scottish energy provider SSE has been confirmed as an accredited Living Hours Employer – underlining its commitment to providing workers with secure, guaranteed working hours.   The business a leading advocate of the Living Wage movement, has been working towards accreditation for some time. The announcement further demonstrates the importance it places on setting strong standards on fair work and better support for workers and families. Laura Gardiner, Living Wage Foundation Director, said: “...

Five Years of the ‘National Living Wage’: Promising Pay Rises and a £10bn Gap to the Real Living Wage

1st April 2021
New research has found that after five years, the National Living Wage (NLW) has significantly boosted pay for the low paid, but a large gap remains between the government’s minimum wage for over 23s and a real Living Wage based on the cost of living. New analysis by the Living Wage Foundation assessing the number of workers on the NLW each year and their working hours has found NLW earners have collectively received £10bn less than they would have earned on the real Living Wage, over the NLW’s...

Danone UK celebrates commitment to real Living Wage, becoming the 7,000th Accredited Employer

30th March 2021
Danone's Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Danone receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour. With this commitment, Danone become the 7,000th firm to commit to supporting their workers to earn what they need to live. Danone is a world-leading food and beverage company with a unique health-focused portfolio including UK household...

New research finds the costs of low pay for key workers, after a year on the frontline

25th March 2021
Key Workers experience £1.6bn “Living Wage Gap” during pandemic, and would be, on average, over £900 better off had they been paid the real Living Wage in this period;16% of key workers – 1.7m workers – earned below the Living Wage in April 2020; andThe key worker industries of health and social care, and food and necessary goods provision contributed the most to the £1.6bn Living Wage Gap, with low pay in these two sectors alone meaning workers have fallen short of the real Living Wage by over...

Measuring your impact - how a simple app encourages ethical shopping with Living Wage employers.

24th February 2021
Introducing the app Impact Score, Ian Yates , the Founder shares how it helps consumers to shop more ethically and choose to support those employers committed to paying all their staff a real Living Wage, over those who don’t .As consumers wake up to the impact that their purchases can have on the world around them, more look to spend their hard-earned cash with companies that are socially and environmentally conscious. Recycling initiatives, fair pay and  tax payments are all under...

Food banks are a crucial lifeline, but we must not lose sight of why people are food insecure in the first place.

10th February 2021
Emily Roe, Campaign Manager at the Living Wage Foundation discusses the issue of food insecurity and the need for a real Living Wage. Marcus Rashford’s work over the last year has been a lifeline for so many families. The success of the #EndChildPovertyCampaign has so far meant millions of children received meals throughout the summer, Fareshare made record donations, and a Child Food Poverty Task Force was established with some of the biggest companies in the food industry. This work is vital...

More Than a Million Low-Paid Workers Forced to Regularly Skip Meals During Pandemic

9th February 2021
New research shows the impact of low pay during the pandemic, with two-thirds of workers earning below the real Living Wage experiencing a fall in earnings since the pandemic began Over a quarter of low-paid workers (amounting to over one million people[1]) have had to regularly skip meals since the start of the pandemic as a result of financial constraints, with over a third saying low pay had negatively affected relationships with close family and friends, and nearly half seeing a negative ...

University of Cambridge accredits with Living Wage Foundation

22nd January 2021
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GAINS REAL LIVING WAGE ACCREDITATIONThe University of Cambridge has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working for the university receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.The University of Cambridge is based in the East of England, a region where over a fifth of all...

News: 45% of supermarket workers earn below the real Living Wage, as UK’s major supermarkets report record profits.

13th January 2021
New research by the Living Wage Foundation reveals that 45% of supermarket workers (410,000 employees) earn below the real Living Wage, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour in the UK outside of London and £10.85 per hour inside of London (after it was revised up in November 2020). The real Living Wage is the only UK hourly rate of earnings that is based on the cost of living.The new figures out today reveal the scale of the ‘pay gap’ - the difference between the highest earners and the rest...