A good start to 2016: In January 2016, The United Reformed Church (Wales) Trust Co Ltd was awarded accreditation as a Living Wage Employer. This means our employees are guaranteed to be paid the Living Wage, £8.25, rather than the Minimum Wage currently of £6.70 for those aged 20 or over.
The voluntary, calculated Living Wage is not to be confused with the ‘national living wage’ – or Minimum Wage Premium – announced by the Government, coming into force later this year. From April 2016, all workers aged 25 and over are legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour.
The Living Wage campaign, launched by Citizens UK in 2001, has won over £210 million of additional wages, lifting over 70,000 families out of working poverty.
The calculation takes into account a basket of essential goods and services and provides the amount a worker should earn to give their family a basic but acceptable standard of living.
The Living Wage campaign is coordinated by the Living Wage Foundation, an initiative of Citizens UK. The Foundation provides advice and support to employers and coordinates regional and national campaign work.