25 August 2023

The Living Wage Foundation reaches a landmark of 100 UK employers that have committed to tackle insecure work amid cost-of-living crisis.

Below are the key findings:

  • 100 UK employers have now committed to provide secure and stable working hours with the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Hours scheme
  • over 50,000 workers stand to benefit from Living Hours measures so far
  • committed employers include Aviva, SpareRoom, and Wealthify
  • the living hours movement aims to tackle short-shift culture which sees 3.4 million people trapped in low paid, insecure jobs.

It has been reported that the Living Wage Foundation’s scheme to tackle insecure work is gathering pace amid the cost-of-living crisis, with 100 UK employers now signed up to provide secure and stable hours to their staff with a Living Hours accreditation. Living Hours Employers are challenging the UK’s culture of unstable employment, which sees 3.4 million people facing soaring inflation in low paying jobs that have been known to give less than 24 hours’ notice of shifts. The number and security of hours people work is a key driver of in-work poverty, alongside their rate of pay. 

Living Hours sees employers commit to providing at least 4 weeks’ notice for every shift, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period. Living Hours employers also provide a guaranteed minimum of 16 working hours every week (unless the worker requests fewer), and a contract that accurately reflects hours worked. This commitment extends to regular third-party contractors. 

It also has been communicated that early adopters of the Living Hours measures include major employers like Aviva, SpareRoom and Wealthify, as well as small and medium-sized businesses across the country. Over 50,000 employees stand to benefit from the measures so far.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“Over the past year, low pay and insecure employment have played a huge role in pushing households to the financial brink. Reaching 100 accredited Living Hours employers is a significant milestone that shows the growing momentum behind the movement for secure hours and decent pay in the UK. 

Predictable working hours alongside a real Living Wage are the bedrock of stable finances and a dignified life, yet millions of people still need both. It’s fantastic to see more and more employers leading the way in providing Living Hours alongside the Living Wage and we encourage others to sign up if they can."

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