living wage

Archbishop calls for living wage for all to make work pay

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 14:10 -- nick

Archbishop John Sentamu has called for all companies to pay the living wage to help alleviate the UK's devastating poverty problem.

Those who only receive the minimum wage - currently £6.31 per hour - have seen a "double squeeze" from rising prices and a lower-than-inflation increase in the rate.

Five million people are paid at this minimum level in Britain.

The living wage is £7.65, and takes account of the real cost of a single person's life.

5 million paid below living wage

Mon, 29/10/2012 - 12:21 -- nick

One in five workers is paid less than the minimum amount needed to live on.

Accountants KPMG's report suggests that up to 90% of waiters and bar staff are paid less than this amount.

The living wage is £8.30 per hour in London and £7.20 in the rest of the country.

Unlike the minimum wage, set lower at £6.19 per hour for those aged over 21, the living wage is voluntary, although it has been implemented by a number of companies in London and Manchester City Council.

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