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Increase in UK Living Wage Announced


The UK Living Wage has been set at £7.85 per hour, a rise of 2.6% on the 2013 rate.

The increase is set to improve the take home pay of 35,000 low-paid workers across the country who are employed by more than 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations. The rate is 21% higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50 per hour, which came into effect last month.

The announcement coincides with research released by KPMG, which found that 5.28 million UK workers are being paid less than the Living Wage, with a large number of employees working in the retail, catering and care sectors earning around minimum wage pay levels.

Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation, which offers accreditation and support to employers that pay the Living Wage, said: “As the recovery continues it’s vital that the proceeds of growth are properly shared.