London Living Wage: over £10 for the first time
For the first time the London Living Wage is set to rise above £10 an hour, as the Living Wage Foundation announced plans to raise their living wage requirements in light of increasing inflation nationwide.
The Living Wage Foundation, set up in 2011 by Citizens UK, revise their base pay rate annually in order to reflect rising costs of living. More than 3,600 employers across the UK have signed up to be part of the Living Wage Foundation’s payment scheme, including employers such as Heathrow, Google, IKEA and Barclays.
The foundation and their payment requirements are different from the government set minimum wage, which mandates a base pay of £7.50 for workers over 25.
Workers in any of these 3,600 companies around the U.K. will be paid £8.75 an hour, an increase of 3.6 % from the previous rate. Employees in London will be paid £10.20, an increase of 4.6 %. 18-20 year olds working in London for companies which have signed up to the Living Wage Foundation will earn at least £3.15 more per hour than their counterparts inside and outside of London.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, welcomed the move.“I pledged to ensure the London Living Wage rises to beyond £10 and I am delighted that has been achieved.”
“I am determined to make London a fairer and more equal city, and the news that more than 1,500 businesses are paying the wage is a good step towards achieving that” he told the London Evening Standard.
Among some of the employers based in London who have signed up to the Living Wage foundation are The Wellcome Trust, the British Library and London’s Borough Market.
“The new Living Wage rates announced today will bring relief for thousands of UK workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation,” said Katherine Chapman, the director of the Living Wage Foundation.”It’s thanks to the leadership of over 3,600 employers across the UK who are committed to paying all their staff, including cleaners and security staff, a real Living Wage.”
The basket of basic goods and services used to calculate these costs reflected the higher costs of private renting, public transport and food. Chapman also emphasised the reality of in-work poverty, on the heels of a KPMG & Living Wage Foundation report which highlighted that 5.5 million people around the UK are struggling to get out of poverty even when employed full time.