Living Wage

Become a Living Wage Employer!

Cynnal Cymru are the Living Wage accreditation body for Wales.

Living Wage event

Photography: © Paul Fears Photography

The Living Wage is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. The real Living Wage is independently-calculated each year based on what employees and their families need to live. Employers can choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

Organisations that pay the Living Wage have reported significant improvements in quality of work, reductions in staff absence and turnover, and a stronger corporate reputation.


The real Living Wage across the UK for is £8.45 an hour and £9.75 an hour in London. This is 17% higher than the government minimum for over 25s which is £7.20 per hour. There are over 4000 Living Wage Employers across the UK with over 100 Living Wage employers in Wales.

We are delighted that some of the largest organisations in Wales have become Living Wage employers such as Cardiff University, Cardiff Council and Brecon Carreg water. They join employers across the UK ranging from FTSE 100 companies such as HSBC, Unilever and KPMG to small independent businesses who are choosing to go further than the government minimum wage and ensure that all their staff and onsite contractors earn the real Living Wage which meets the cost of living.

There is a cost to become an accredited Living Wage employer which varies according to the size of your organisation, starting at £50 per year for those with fewer than 10 employees.

Paying the real Living Wage to employees is vital to developing a sustainable economy in Wales and developing Cynnal Cymru’s mission to make Wales a sustainable nation. Cynnal Cymru are looking forward to working with new employees across Wales to implement a Living Wage within their businesses.

Please contact Megan 02920 192021 if you are interested in becoming a living wage employer.

Visit the Living Wage website for more information.