Living Wage Week: An explainer

Community is proud to be participating in Living Wage Week this week.

The campaign for a Living Wage has support from across the political spectrum and is a growing movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

But what actually is Living Wage Week?

Check out our explainer below ⬇️

When is Living Wage Week?

Living Wage Week this year takes place between the 15th 21st of November. The first day marks when the new rates are announced, and events take place by employers who pay the Living Wage across the country.

What is the Living Wage?

The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to live. This is why it is higher than the government minimum wage.

It was first introduced by Citizens UK in 2001, forming an alliance of a cross-section of charities who all said that low pay was one of the key issues they were facing. It is now estimated that one in thirteen people work for a certified Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage for the coming year is £9.90 an hour, rising to £11.05 an hour if you live in London.

How many people are not paid the Living Wage?

The Living Wage Foundation estimates that around five million people in Britain earn less than the Living Wage.

The amount of workers not paid the Living Wage varies depending on the sector. For example, Community is a charity union, and it is estimated that a fifth of third sector wages are paid below the Living Wage.

Why is the Living Wage so important?

For people paid the real Living Wage it means the difference between being able to afford the things they need for a good standard of living – like healthy food, a warm home, and a supplies for children.

Since the Living Wage movement started, it has lifted 260,000 people out of in-work poverty. Paying the Living Wage is good for businesses, and good for employees.

Does Community pay the Living Wage?

Yes! Community is a certified Living Wage employer.


If you are a member of Community and need help or advice, please contact us at help@community-tu.org or on 0800 389 6332.



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