How much is the Living Wage?
The Living Wage rate for the UK is currently £9.50 per hour. The Living Wage rate for London is currently £10.85 per hour.
The rates are announced every November during Living Wage week and businesses are given until 1st April to implement them.
The Living Wage rates are an hourly rate. You can work out the annual salary by calculating the Living Wage rate x hours worked per week x 52. For example the UK Living Wage as an annual salary might be £9.50 x 37.5 x 52 = £18,525.
Who does the Living Wage apply to?
The Living Wage applies to all staff over the age of 18 who work regularly on your premises. Apprentices and interns are exempt.
How do I sign up?
To sign up, you just need to make a commitment to paying your employees at least £9.50 per hour. There is no fee and it only takes a couple of minutes. You can sign up here.
Will someone check up on the businesses that have signed up to the Living Wage Campaign?
No, by signing up a business is simply announcing publicly that they are paying their staff a minimum of the real Living Wage. If something changes for the business and they are no longer able to do this, or should an employee approach us and say that they are not paid a Living Wage, we will have a discussion with the business to see what to do next. There will not be a formal process of monitoring or checking up on businesses.