Only the real Living Wage is independently-calculated each year based on what employees and their families need to live
The current UK Living Wage is £8.45 an hour
The current London Living Wage is £9.75 an hour
Our Employerschoose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis
The rates apply to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else
The real Living Wage that meets the cost of living enjoys cross party support, with public backing from successive London Mayors and MPs across the four nations of the UK
Paying a wage that is enough to live on is good for business, good for the individual and good for society
The Living Wage Employer Mark and Service Provider Recognition Scheme provide an ethical badge for responsible pay
How is it different from the government's 'national living wage'?
In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign - even calling it the ‘national living wage’.
However, the government's 'national living wage' is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live.
Instead, it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Under current forecasts this means a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020.
For under 25s, the minimum wage rates also take into account affordability for employers.
The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That's why we encourage all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.
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