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The impact of the national Living Wage Foundation

Although the demand for a living wage was first made in east London in 2001, it has since spread to become a national campaign.

Since 2011 the Living Wage Foundation has been promoting the living wage, accrediting employers and supporting campaigns.

The Foundation now produces an annual snapshot of the impact of accreditation on employers across the country and for October 2015, records show the following:

  1. Since 2011 71,389 workers across the UK have had a pay rise as a result of employers becoming accredited. This includes both directly employed and subcontracted staff members.
  2. In the last year (since Living Wage Week 2014) 29,011 workers across the UK have had a pay rise as a result of employers becoming accredited. This includes both directly employed and subcontracted staff members.
  3. In London 35,590 workers have had a pay rise since 2011 as a result of the Living Wage accreditation system. This includes both directly employed and subcontracted staff members. (This figure is reached through an assumption based on the number of accredited employers in London. This geographical balance is changing all the time.)
  4. In the last year (since Living Wage Week 2014) 19,822 London workers have had a pay rise as a result of employers becoming accredited. This includes both directly employed and subcontracted staff members. (This figure is reached through an assumption based on the number of accredited employers in London. This geographical balance is changing all the time.)

NB: More detailed data covering the period between 2001 and 2013 – and including some organisations that are not be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation – are available on a separate page: ‘London living wage: Numbers and money’

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