Bristol City Council has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The council now joins more than 220 South West based employers officially committed to paying the voluntary rate. The announcement comes at the same time that the Living Wage rate is increased to by 25p to £9 due to rising living costs.
The Living Wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay for everyone over 18, calculated according to the basic costs of living, and is higher than the current minimum wage for those aged over 25 set by the Government.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s only right and fair that workers earn enough to live on. The fact that the National Minimum Wage hasn’t kept up with the rise in the cost of living means hundreds of thousands of people in the South West region do not earn enough to cover the basics of living.
“I am proud to be championing the real Living Wage across the region and look forward to celebrating Bristol City Council’s accreditation with other businesses. We hope to lead by example in promoting employee economic and social wellbeing for our workers; we hope that other large employers in the region follow suit and do the right thing. A living wage is part of developing an economy based on inclusive economic growth and ensuring everyone shares in Bristol’s success.”
The Living Wage is voluntary and since it started £15,285,423 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in the South West. However, over a fifth of jobs in the region still pay less than the real Living Wage.