Founded by Citizens UK in 2001, the Living Wage movement has won over £1.3 billion of additional wages, lifting over 180,000 people out of working poverty.
Only the real Living Wage is calculated according to the cost of living in the UK and in London. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage applies to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else. It enjoys cross party support.
The UK hourly rate is currently £9.50 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.85 per hour.
The real Living Wage is not to be confused with the Government's ‘National Living Wage’ – or Minimum Wage – which came into force in April 2016 and is the legal minimum employers are required to pay.
Accreditation of real Living Wage employers is conducted by the Living Wage Foundation. The Foundation provides advice and support to employers, provides research and coordinates regional and national efforts to uplift more workers.
Currently Citizens UK is campaigning for a real Living Wage in social care. We're also advocating for big local employers, from Premier League football clubs, Universities and transport hubs to go Living Wage.
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Sign up at the bottom of this page to support communities and workers taking action to get their workplace onto the real Living Wage or find out more about our social care campaign - and how to get your workplace accredited with the Living Wage Foundation.