Cardiff University Becomes a Living Wage Employer

We’re proud to announce that Cardiff University has become the first university in Wales to be accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Cardiff University is Wales’s first University to be accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Agreeing to be a Living Wage Employer means that everyone working at Cardiff University, regardless of whether they are university employees or employed by third-party contractors and suppliers, will receive a minimum hourly wage significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

Katie Palmer, Sustainable Food Cities Coordinator for Food Cardiff, advocates the Living Wage as a key tool in reducing reliance of food banks and ensuring that all employees have access to affordable and nutritious food.

“If we are going to tackle food poverty in Cardiff everyone with a job should be able to afford a healthy diet – and the Living Wage is a good start.”

lwblue“It is a matter of basic fairness that people should get a wage which is enough to live on,” said Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan.

“That’s why Cardiff University took the decision to pay all staff at least the living wage of £7.65 per hour from 1 January, 2014.

“As a result of today’s announcement, the hourly wage will rise to £7.85 over the next few months.

“Securing accreditation as an official Living Wage Employer sends a clear message that we value our staff and we hope we will act as an example to other Welsh employers,” he added.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Cardiff University to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are now voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 700 leading employers, including Cardiff University, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE.

“These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

Related Links:

Food Cardiff’s Living Wage FAQ

The Living Wage Foundation

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