Living Wage Week 2017


Here at the WEA we are really pleased to continue our support in being a living wage employer. The living wage awareness week is an important step in encouraging other employers across the UK to join us. At the heart of the movement is the idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

Living Wage Week is a UK-wide celebration of the campaign for a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living and the network of Living Wage employers. It is a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage.

The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all staff at the WEA. We are committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.

CEO and General Secretary Ruth Spellman said:

“At the WEA we are proud to be a living wage employer. Being a living wage employer is a win-win for us all - it not only helps our employees afford to live with dignity but also helps our charity by improving staff motivation, and retaining and attracting a quality workforce. Being a living wage employer is truly at the heart of WEA values – working together for a better society. I encourage other employers to join us.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:

“Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing to do but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”

“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    


Living Wage Awareness Week 2017 runs from Monday 6th November - Saturday 11th November.