Living Wage Week 2021
Living Wage Week took place between the 15th and 21st of November this year, shining a light on employers who choose to give that little bit extra to their employees by paying a wage based on living costs instead of the government minimum.
The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates those employers and Living Wage Week is all about just that. As well as this, the Living Wage Foundation announces the real Living Wage rates every November, aligning with Living Wage Week. This is the only UK wage that is voluntarily paid by approximately 9000 UK businesses, enough to cover the cost of living. Released on November 15th, the current UK living wage is £9.90 an hour and London Living Wage is £11.05 an hour.
Almost 300,000 employees have received a pay rise as a result of the Living Wage movement, which is fantastic news! It is also encouraging to see so many Living Wage employers have stuck to their guns throughout the Covid pandemic too, an overall tough time for us all. Aside from the obvious, being paid the living wage can really help boost team morale and overall work performance. When employees are paid a decent wage, enough to cover the cost of living, it shows that they are genuinely cared about and appreciated by their employer. Little changes like this can make a huge difference in the workplace, which can only benefit everybody.
If you would like to find out more about the Living Wage Foundation, or would like to become a LW employer, click here for more details.