Top Living Wage Facts – Sept 2017


  1. 150,000 employees have benefitted from the Living Wage accreditation.


  1. 6 million (22% of) workers live below the voluntary Living Wage rate per hour of £8.45 (national rate) and £9.75 (London rate).


  1. An estimated 27 percent of females earn less than the Living Wage, compared with 17 percent of males. This is in part because more females work in part-time roles.


  1. In-work poverty outstrips poverty in workless households:
  • The number of people in poverty in a working family is 55% – a record high
  • Two thirds of children in poverty in the UK come from working families
  • Four-fifths of the adults in these families are themselves working (approximately 3.8 million workers)


  1. 58% of living wage accredited employers saw an improvement in the motivation of staff following accreditation (rising to 78% for organisations with more than 500 staff).


  1. An increase in labour costs does not have to impact the number of employees in the business. Selling price and productivity increases, and a redistribution of staff are usually tools used to absorb cost increases.


  1. 82% of employers reported that accreditation had enhanced their general reputation as an employer and 62% felt that it differentiated them from others in their industry.


  1. 50% of employers reported that the Living Wage had improved recruitment and retention, and 45% of employers saw an increase in quality of applications for living wage vacancies.


  1. 80 percent of bar staff, waiters and waitresses earn less than the voluntary Living Wage. After this are the following detailed job categories (all of which have at least a 70-79% prevalence rate of not receiving the Living Wage):
  • Kitchen and catering assistants
  • Launders, dry cleaners and pressers
  • Vehicle valets and cleaners
  • Hairdressers and barbers
  • Cleaners and providers of domestic assistance


  1. Despite accounting for less than one-third of all UK jobs, there are more part-time roles paying less than the Living Wage (3.1 million) than full-time jobs (2.5 million). This equates to around 43 percent of part-time workers earning less than the voluntary Living Wage, compared with around 14 percent of full-time workers.

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