Thousands of North West workers set for living wage pay rise

150,000 to pick up rise in living wage			
				 
   by Alan Jones 
  Published

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced a landmark increase in the London Living Wage, from £9.75 to £10.20 per hour - a 4.6 per cent rise and the first time the wage has been more than £10.

The wage increase is above the Government's living wage, which is set at £7.50 for employees over the age of 25 years.

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.

"Great businesses know that, even during these tough times, not only is fair pay the right thing to do but paying the real Living Wage brings big benefits".

For those living in London, the rate will increase by 45p to £10.20 an hour.

The supermarket has committed itself to an additional annual investment of over £3.5m in order to cover the cost of the rise.

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The wages are worked out by the Resolution Foundation think tank and overseen by the Living Wage Commission.

The national living wage, which is simply the name given to the statutory national minimum wage rate for over 25s, is set at £7.50 an hour. "In-work poverty is today's story", she said.

Lidl claimed its rate of pay will be the highest in the supermarket sector, beating closest rival Aldi's announced increase of £8.40 an hour nationally and £9.45 in London, earlier this year.

Industry figures revealed this summer that the chain's increasing popularity showed no sign of slowing as Lidl overtook Waitrose to become the seventh-largest supermarket in the UK.

Heathrow today became the first airport in the country to sign up for the LLW - joining more than 1,000 employers across the capital who are already accredited. Fredy Lopez, 51, and Angelica Valencia Bolanos, 49, who cleaned the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms of auto dealer HR Owen were told they could only go back to work if they accepted the £7.50-an-hour offered by an outsourcing company. "London is one of the most dynamic and prosperous economies in the world, but unfortunately this prosperity isn't shared by all Londoners. Numerous accredited employers I speak to tell me of the increased productivity and reduced staff turnover that they've experienced since signing up".

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