Rise in UK living wages
The 3 November saw the start of Living Wage Week. As part of the week over 30,000 low-paid workers stand to get a pay rise of up to £400 a year because they work for companies signed up with the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer.
On the 4 November the UK Living Wage rate rose by 20p to £7.65 per hour. SUSU are a great supporter of Living Wage Week, ensuring that all our core staff are paid at least the living wage. SUSU are also conducting research to work out whether students are paid enough in their part-time jobs.
Talking about the rise, Rhys Moore, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “Living Wage Week is about employers taking a lead and tackling the problem of low pay. The Living Wage has become a must have badge of honour for employers. By looking out for the Living Wage badge you can now choose to support businesses that are doing right thing. It works just like Fairtrade and will grow even faster with consumer support.”
Find out more about Living Wage Week at www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week-2013