NI 'worst part of United Kingdom for poverty wages'

  • NI 'worst part of United Kingdom for poverty wages'

NI 'worst part of United Kingdom for poverty wages'

As a result, London now accounts for nearly 42 per cent of businesses paying the Living Wage in the United Kingdom.

Around 22% of jobs in the United Kingdom pay below the voluntary rate of £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the United Kingdom, both well above the statutory national living wage of £7.50 for over 25-year-olds, said KPMG.

Councillor Susan Brown, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council and Board Member for Customer and Corporate Services, said: "We are proud to announce the new Oxford Living Wage, and the City Council commits to continuing to pay all staff, agency workers and contractors above this level".

In 2015 the supermarket invested £9m into starting to pay its staff the "real" living wage, claiming to become the first supermarket in the United Kingdom to do so.

At least 150,000 workers are set for a pay rise under the increased voluntary rates, which are higher than the Government's figure of £7.50 for over 25-year-olds.

At least 150,000 workers in the United Kingdom are set to get a pay rise thanks to an increase in the new living wage rates.

The first increase in the minimum wage to $16.50 will take effect in April next year, with the goal to hit $20 an hour by 2021.

Heathrow became the first United Kingdom airport to be accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary rates.

Living Wage Convenor Annie Newman said the move was "momentous".

There is still a long way to go, with many employers not adopting the voluntary wage.

Heathrow Airport is one of the latest companies to announce their commitment to paying the wage.

The living wage is independently calculated and created to reflect the "real cost of living in the United Kingdom and London". "We encourage other employers in Oxford to adopt the Oxford Living Wage". "In-work poverty is today's story", she said. Currently, businesses do not need to pay it but can sign up to it voluntarily.

'In the capital today, more than two million people are struggling to make ends meet and the ethnic pay gap is shockingly and unacceptably large, ' he said.