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Real Living Wage Increases in the UK

Real Living Wage Increases in the UK
24 October 2023

Those working for Real Living Wage accredited employers are set to receive a pay rise: to £12 an hour across the UK (£1.10 increase), and £13.15 an hour in London (£1.20 increase).

The Real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Unlike the government’s National Living Wage, the Real Living Wage is the only wage rate independently calculated based on rising living costs and applies to everyone over 18.

The Living Wage Foundation, an initiative of Citizens UK, also reports record numbers of employers signing up to pay the Real Living Wage. One in nine employees now works for an accredited Living Wage Employer. In the facilities management sector, this includes businesses such as:



Katherine Chapman, Living Wage Foundation Director, said: “As inflation eases, we cannot forget that low-paid workers remain at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis. ow paid workers continue to struggle with stubbornly high prices because they spend a larger share of their budget on food and energy. These new Real Living Wage rates are a lifeline for the 460,000 workers who will get a pay rise.

“During these tough economic times, it is heartening that record numbers of employers are signing up to join the Living Wage movement, protecting everyone who works for them – including cleaners -from rising prices and seeing the benefits of a more motivated and engaged workforce.The Real Living Wage has never been more important and we encourage those who can to join the 14,000 Living Wage employers across the UK who are committed to always pay a wage that covers the cost of living.”

Picture: a graphic showing a map of the UK and Ireland, with arrows indicating the UK and London and naming the new hourly rates for these areas. The words "For the cost of living" are at the top of the image. Image Credit: Living Wage Foundation

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 24 October 2023


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