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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...

Good Business Foundation releases Good Business Charter Accreditation

12th January 2021
Recognise and Celebrate Responsible Organisations - Jenny Herrera, Good Business Foundation CEOAt the Good Business Foundation it is our aim to provide a clear and effective way to recognise the good guys in business through a straightforward accreditation scheme across ten different components of responsible business, allowing members to proudly display the Good Business Charter brand.The Living Wage Foundation was set up to recognise and celebrate responsible employers and in so doing, brings...

Living Wage Foundation Responds to National Living Wage Statement 

25th November 2020
Today the Chancellor announced: That the National Living Wage will rise to £8.91 from April 2020 – a 2.2% increase – and will be extended to 23-year olds. An exemption to the much-trailed public sector pay freeze (outside the NHS) for the 2.1 million public sector workers earning below a £24,000 median salary, who will see a pay rise next year of at least £250. An additional £1 billion of funding for social care drawn from a local authority funding increase, council tax precept flexibilities...

News: Three-quarters of care workers in England were paid less than the real Living Wage on the eve of the pandemic 

13th November 2020
Written by Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation.This Living Wage Week, we have been particularly focused on essential workers. New lockdown restrictions mean these workers are once again being asked to keep the economy going and look after others. All too often, this commitment is very poorly rewarded, with large numbers of key workers in insecure and low-paid work. Nowhere is this situation starker than in our social care sector. We’ve long known that the cocktail of rising...

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES  

9th November 2020
The real Living Wage rates for 2020/21 have been announced as £9.50 in the UK and £10.85 in London. This means:Over 250,000 people are set for a pay boost  Since 2011, over £1.3 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers thanks to the Living Wage movement, with £800m going to people in key worker industries Nearly £200 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown [1] Living Wage Foundation research finds that 5.5 million employees (a fifth of ...

LIVING WAGE FOUNDATION UNVEILS UK WIDE JOINT CAMPAIGN TO RECOGNISE HARD WORK OF LOW-PAID KEY WORKERS

8th November 2020
A new joint campaign calling for more businesses to pay the real Living Wage has been unveiled today. The advertising campaign has been designed by Ad agency Creature and launched by the Living Wage Foundation across Clear Channel ’s out of home media space across towns and citiesaround the UK.  The aim of the campaign is to highlight the important work of many low paid “key workers” such as cleaners, care workers and delivery drivers who are working on the front line during the pandemic but...

AVIVA AND STANDARD LIFE ABERDEEN BECOME FIRST ‘LIVING HOURS’ EMPLOYERS, AS OVER 80% OF ADULTS BACK HOURS GUARANTEES

20th October 2020
Aviva and Standard Life Aberdeen have today been announced as the UK’s first accredited Living Hours Employers. Their accreditation means that, in addition to paying their staff the real Living Wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London, they will provide them with a guaranteed and stable minimum of working hours each week.The first Living Hours accreditations come amid strong public support for such measures during the pandemic. New polling conducted for the Living Wage Foundation shows that...