Real Living Wage increases

06 Nov 2017

Rates rise to £8.75 an hour in UK and £10.20 an hour in London

Today (6 November) Mayor Sadiq Khan announced new London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour, an increase of 45p per hour and the Living Wage Foundation announced new UK Living Wage of £8.75 per hour, an increase of 30p per hour.

  • The UK rate is £1.25 per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s) and the London Living Wage is £2.70 more an hour. 
  • Since 2011 more than half a billion pounds (£613,000,000) in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers.
  • At least 150,000 UK workers are set for a pay rise as the new Living Wage rates rise.
  • The UK rate has increased by 30p from £8.45 to £8.75 with the London Living Wage rising by 45p an hour from £9.75 to £10.20 an hour. This is a 3.6% rise in the UK and 4.6% rise in London.
  • The Living Wage rates are independently calculated, based on the real cost of living in the UK and London.
  • The 2017 increases have been largely driven by higher inflation feeding through to the basket of goods and services that underpin the rates, with rising private rents and transport costs also having an impact.
  • The announcements come after new research published by KPMG yesterday showed that 5.5 million people across the UK are still paid less than the real Living Wage, that’s 1 in 5 workers, 21% of the UK workforce.

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