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Rise in Living Wage as employers surge to sign up

The Living Wage has risen by 20 pence to £7.85 per hour for the UK, and by 35 pence to £9.15 in London.

This puts it 21 per cent higher than the National Minimum Wage (NMW), currently at £6.50, or 41 per cent higher for Londoners.

The increase for the national rate is less than the NMW's recent 3 per cent rise in October. The London rate, however, has gone up by almost 4 per cent.

Voluntary rate

The Living Wage is a voluntary rate for workers to provide for themselves and their families, according to the basic cost of living in the UK and London.

The rate is calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, while the London rate is set by the Greater London Authority. 

The number of employers that apply the Living Wage has more than doubled in the last year, with more than 1,000 employers signing up, including 18 FTSE100 companies.

Acas publications and services

Acas experts can visit your organisation and help employers understand and meet their obligations surrounding pay and contracts. See the Workshops, projects and business solutions page for more information or call the customer services team on 0300 123 1150.

Practical training is also available on Contracts and terms and conditions, and for new employers, A practical introduction to employing people.

For free, impartial advice on your obligations surrounding the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, visit Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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