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Voluntary living wage rate rises above £10 per hour in London

Voluntary living wage rate rises above £10 per hour in London

Heathrow became the first United Kingdom airport to be accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary rates.

Keith Brown, Scottish cabinet secretary for fair work and the economy, said: "Scotland remains the best-performing of all four United Kingdom countries with the highest proportion of employees paid the living wage or more".

It is consistently slightly higher in London than it is outside of the capital.

The change, which will be announced on Monday, will affect over 150,000 employees who work for the 3,600 companies who pay the voluntary wage that aims to reflect the wage needed to sustain a decent quality of life.

"The new living wage rates will bring relief for thousands of United Kingdom workers being squeezed by stagnant wages and rising inflation". Employers who sign up to the Living Wage commit to pay it to all staff over the age of 18 who work regularly on their premises.

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Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman said during these "tough times" employers should know that fair pay will bring them real benefits.

The voluntary Living Wage is enough to ensure that employees and their families can live free from poverty. "It will help us to attract and retain the best people, supporting them in building a rewarding career at Heathrow". "We encourage other employers in Oxford to adopt the Oxford Living Wage". Millions of people are living in poverty despite being part of working households, ' she said.

Younger employees are still paid the lower national minimum wage. Currently, businesses do not need to pay it but can sign up to it voluntarily. Profits in the United Kingdom are at record levels, yet many bosses are still refusing to invest in their staff.

'Extending the living wage is vital. However, more than 1,000 employers have signed up to the measure since previous year, "putting fairness and respect at the heart of their business", Chapman added.

Find a full list of all the companies who have promised to pay the Living Wage Foundation rates of pay here.


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