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Living Wage to rise amid “cost of living emergency”

Living Wage to rise amid “cost of living emergency”

Friday 23 December 2022

Living Wage to rise amid “cost of living emergency”

Friday 23 December 2022

It has “never been as important” for businesses to pay a Living Wage, the campaign team have said, as they announced a rise to £12.19 per hour in the New Year.

Administered by Caritas Jersey and reviewed annually, the Living Wage takes into account the wider cost of living in the island, as well as taxes and benefits, with the aim of ensuring employees are able to live with dignity.

It was set at £11.27 for 2022, but will next year rise by nearly £1 to take into account the sharp inflation islanders have felt this year. The minimum wage, meanwhile, recently rose to £10.50 per hour in November.

Caritas CEO Patrick Lynch commented: "Recent months have shown that we are living in unprecedented times where so many are experiencing what is now a cost of living emergency.

"The Living Wage has never been as important as it is now for so many people and the increase to £12.19 per hour, agreed this week by the Living Wage Advisory Committee, acknowledges the true cost of living in Jersey and aims to help people in these very challenging times."

He continued: "The Living Wage Campaign is focused on lifting the wages of the lowest paid in our community, who frequently work long and unsociable hours or take extra jobs just to survive. We have seen a growing appetite in Jersey to do business ethically and to recognise and value the contribution of all employees as witnessed by a record number of Living Wage accreditations this year.

"We encourage even more employers to contact us and start a conversation, which will hopefully lead to Living Wage accreditation."

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