Low Pay in the Charity Sector

07 November 2017

This Trust-funded report from the Living Wage Foundation finds that 26% of charity workers earn less than the real Living Wage, a voluntary rate that accounts for the cost of living.

The Living Wage hourly rate of pay is calculated for the UK and London, respectively.

The report, compiled by the Living Wage Foundation and released as part of Living Wage Week 2017, looks at the proportion of workers across the charity sector who are not paid the real Living Wage –– further broken down by gender, ethnicity, age, full or part-time hours, size of charity, sector and region.

Whilst over 800 charities – such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK, Carers UK and Crisis – are already leading the way as accredited Living Wage Employers, the report launch was accompanied by calls for more funders and commissioners to enable the real Living Wage, by becoming Living Wage Friendly Funders. There are now 31 Living Wage Friendly Funders promoting Living Wage through their grant-making, including People’s Health Trust, Trust for London, Barrow Cadbury, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Comic Relief, the London Borough of Islington, the Big Lottery Fund, City Bridge Trust and Lloyds Bank Foundation.

To read the report, click here.

To read the press release, click here.

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