The Real Living Wage is Going Up

Tess Lanning

Tess Lanning

Staff of some 4,700 employers who have adopted a voluntary living wage policy are in line for an inflation-beating pay rise.

This is not to be confused with the compulsory National Living Wage, which is now £7.83 an hour for anyone over the age of 25.

The Living Wage Foundation, which calculates the rate by assessing what workers need to meet the basic cost of living in Britain, will make a 2.9% increase to recommendations (3.4% in London) meaning workers would earn at least £9 an hour (£10.55 in London). Whether you work for a large or small company, what difference has it made to how you feel about your employer? Living wage companies are encouraged to pay the new rate to their staff immediately, but in practice they have until May to do so. The rise was announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the Barbican, which pays its workers the Real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage was devised by charity the Living Wage Foundation.

Lidl is once again boosting hourly wages for its 17,000 employees as part of its "ongoing commitment" to supporting employees, the discount supermarket said.

The accountancy firm KPMG found that 22% of jobs now pay less than the real Living Wage - up from 21% in 2017.

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