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London Living Wage

London Living Wage


The UK Living Wage Campaign was launched by members of London Citizens in 2001. The founders were parents in the East End of London, who wanted to remain in work, but found that despite working two or more minimum wage jobs they were struggling to make ends meet and were left with no time for family and community life.

Since 2001 the campaign has impacted tens of thousands of employees and put over £210 million into the pockets of some of the lowest paid workers in the UK.

In 2005 Greater London Authority (GLA) established the Living Wage Unit to calculate the London Living Wage.

The Living Wage Foundation is the accrediting body awarding the Living Wage Employer Mark to Living Wage employers. The accreditation is a publically binding commitment to embedding the Living Wage into organisational structures by paying all directly employed staff the Living Wage and ensuring that contractors and sub-contractors pay the Living Wage to staff. The accreditation formally celebrates employers and it ensures they comply with the standard.

There are now thousands of employers signed up and proudly displaying the Living Wage Employer Mark.

How you can become a Living Wage employer

To become a Living Wage employer you will need to

  • Pay the Living Wage to all directly employed staff
  • Ensure that contractors and sub-contractors who provide regular services to your organisation on your premises pay the Living Wage to staff 


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