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What is a Living Wage

Living wage is a term used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for shelter (housing and incidentals such as clothing and other basic needs) and nutrition for a person for an extended period of time (lifetime).

This standard generally means that a person working full-time, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation.

Will the Council only award work to contractors who pay the Glasgow Living Wage?
The Council is keen to widen the impact of the policy and will work within the current legislative framework to encourage contractors to pay the Living Wage. It is important that companies who benefit from public money can demonstrate that they are putting something back into their communities and we intend to use our procurement to raise standards across the city.

Why £8.45 an hour and how will the figure be calculated in future years?
The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £8.45 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £9.75 per hour. This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London.  The real Living Wage figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.  A report on calculating the living wage can be found below:

Does this apply only to Council staff?
No.  The Glasgow Living Wage was launched to encourage all employers across the City to raise their own rates of pay and help ensure that together we are all working for a fairer Glasgow and to help reduce and prevent in-work poverty