Living Wage for Wales

Become a Living Wage Employer!

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 £9:00 an hour and £10.55 an hour in London. There are over 4000 Living Wage Employers across the UK with 173 Living Wage employers in Wales.

Join a movement of leading organisations in Wales including:

Capital Law, Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA, Cardiff University, Cardiff Council, Brecon Carreg, Careers Wales, Wales Co-operative Centre and the Cardiff third Sector Council. A full list of accredited organisations can be found on the Living Wage foundation website.

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. Organisations in Cardiff may be eligible to apply for an accreditation support scheme run by Cardiff Council.

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.


Cynnal Cymru are the Living Wage accreditation body for Wales.

Please contact Bethan on 02920 431746 if you are interested in becoming a living wage employer.

Visit the Living Wage website for more information.

Friendly Funders

We are also the accrediting body for Living Wage Friendly Funders in Wales. 

This is a scheme by which funders use their powers as grant-makers to combat low-pay in the charity sector. You can read more about the scheme on the Living Wage Foundation Website. 

Alternatively, you can contact Bethan or explore the two accredited Welsh funders WCVA and Building Communities Trust