Living Wage Week 2017

29 October 2017

Living Wage Week 2017 runs from 5 November and the movement's annual celebration aims to raise awareness that earning the real Living Wage can make to individuals.

On Monday 6 November the new Living Wage rates will be announced for London and the rest of the UK. Events take place all over the country to celebrate the impact and success of the living wage and to encourage more people to join the fight against low pay.

The real living wage is the only rate that is independently calculated every year to meet the real cost of living. It is voluntary, unlike the national minimum and living wage rates which are statutory. Current rates are:

  • National minimum wage (under 25s) £7.05 per hour
  • National living wage (25 and over) £7.50 per hour
  • Real living wage (18 and over) £8.45 per hour in the UK, £9.75 in London

In 2001 families came together and started a campaign to be paid a real Living Wage. Since then hundreds of thousands of families have benefited and been able to earn a wage they can live on through over 3,500 employers paying all their staff and relevant contractors the real Living Wage.

However there is still much work to be done to ensure that everyone who works for a living earns enough to live on.

Have your say about the importance of the Living Wage to the choices you make as a consumer, and what difference you think paying the Living Wage makes to people's lives, by completing this opinion survey.

Join in on Twitter using #LivingWageWeek.