The 'Living Wage' is a voluntary hourly wage rate that employers can choose to pay their staff.
City of York Council is a Living Wage employer
The Living Wage is updated every year at the start of Living Wage Week and for locations outside London is currently set at £8.45 per hour. The Living Wage Foundation calculates this amount based on real costs of living and sets it at the level needed to afford a basic acceptable standard of life in the UK.
The Living Wage is different to the compulsory National Minimum Wage set by the Low Pay Commission. It is also different to the government's new National Living Wage which only applies to those aged 25 and over.
Living Wage guide for employers
Find out about the 'living wage journey' that businesses in York have experienced, and the benefits of becoming a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage Foundation has more information about the benefits of becoming a Living Wage employer and the accreditation process.