Cardiff is First Major Urban Area in Uk to Become a ‘Living Wage City’

241,000, or 1 in 5 jobs in Wales still pay below the real Living Wage, which today rises to £9.30 an hour in Wales.

Cardiff becomes the first major urban area in the UK to be awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status as a result of an ambitious 3-year partnership between communities, employers and Cardiff Council to double the number of accredited Living Wage employers and lift thousands more workers out of in-work poverty

First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce the new Living Wage for Wales of £9.30 per hour (up from £9, an increase of 30p per hour) at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay

The Living Wage Foundation’s rate is independently calculated to reflect the increased cost of living and is £1.09p per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s)

Nearly 6,000 UK businesses currently pay the voluntary real Living Wage rate; 222 of which are headquartered in Wales

Since 2011, £32,187,495 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in Wales, directly benefitting nearly 7,000 Welsh workers.

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