Living Wage

We are recruiting an Administrative Officer

Salary: £20-24k pro rata, 15hrs, Flexible Working

Contract: 6 months fixed term (with possibility of extension)

Location: Wales / Office: Cardiff*

Application closing date: Sunday 21 March 2021 (midnight)

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading sustainable development organisation in Wales.

We work with the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wales and beyond, identifying opportunities to promote an integrated approach to creating a fair and just society, a low carbon economy and a thriving natural environment. 

Our small team delivers wide-reaching work touching on many agendas including climate change and decarbonisation, sustainable travel, renewable energy, affordable housing, the Foundational Economy, in-work poverty, management of natural resources and much more.

We are the official partner of the Carbon Literacy Project in Wales and the real Living Wage Accreditation body for Wales.

We are looking for an experienced administrator to assist the team in administrative matters and to facilitate the Living Wage accreditation process in Wales. 


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Please send your covering letter, application form and the equal opportunities form to

For more information about this role, please contact Lynsey Jackson, Programme Director on 029 2043 1713.

*Please note we are temporarily working from home but we do expect to return to an office on a regular basis.

Doing the little things on St.David’s Day

This St David’s Day, we are asking organisations across Wales to think about the little things they can do to ensure no one in Wales has to work for less than the real Living Wage, whether it’s understanding how to become an accredited Living Wage employer, or reaching out to other organisations to encourage them to consider the real Living Wage, or helping us share the positive messages about the difference that paying the real Living Wage can make.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by 7,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets every day needs – like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist. In Wales, there are 278 accredited Living Wage employers, and over 11,428 employees in Wales have received a pay rise as a result of their employers accrediting. At UK level, the real Living Wage enjoys cross-party support.

Despite the huge challenges of the past year, we have seen continued momentum around the real Living Wage in Wales. In 2020, 55 employers across all sectors and industries in Wales took the step of accrediting as Living Wage employers, (compared to 56 in 2019). By taking individual action these employers saw a total of 4,300 workers uplifted to a real Living Wage.

According to the TUC, nearly a quarter of all workers in Wales are being paid below the real Living Wage rate. In some Welsh constituencies that number is 1 in 3.

In a recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation Briefing, it was found that 4 in 10 households in poverty in Wales contain a full-time worker, and over half have someone in work, showing that while work reduces the risk of poverty, it often isn’t enough to allow someone to escape from it.

Paying people a real Living Wage gives people a route out of poverty and means they have more money to spend in their local economies, and on the things that matter to them.

So, as we start to plan our way out of COVID, and ensure we are more resilient for the future, we encourage all employers to consider what little things they can do to make things better. What positive action can you take today? Becoming a real Living Wage employer is a small step that can bring about big changes for your workers, your organisation and your community.

Cynnal Cymru is the accrediting body for the real Living Wage in Wales and are here to help you through the accreditation process. Get in touch, join the movement, do the little things.

We wish you all a happy St David’s Day. Diolch yn fawr!

All figures based on 1 February 2021 data

Living Wage for Wales

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 £9:50 an hour and £10.85 an hour in London. There are over 5000 Living Wage Employers across the UK with 224 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.

Getting Accredited

Accreditation is a simple and straightforward process. Register online via the Living Wage Foundation Website.

All you need to do is pay your directly employed staff over the age of 18 the real Living Wage, as well as paying it to subcontracted workers, such as cleaners, who are regularly on site 2 hours a day over an 8 week period. To find out more details about the criteria for accreditation, please read the FAQs.

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.

Living Wage Funders

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

Ranging from local authorities to charitable trusts and foundations, corporate, science and capital funders, our Living Wage Funders are committing to tackle low pay by encouraging the organisations they support to pay the real Living Wage.

Requirements of the scheme:

1. Become an accredited Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage Foundation:

2. Pay the Living Wage on grant funded posts where possible. Living Wage Funders seek to ensure that all posts which are wholly or partially funded by the funder pay the Living Wage, unless there are particular reasons for this not to happen.

3. Support grantees to become Living Wage Employers by signposting them towards the Living Wage Foundation.

4. Provide a small amount of information annually about your progress.

This is a scheme by which funders use their powers as grant-makers to combat low-pay in the charity sector. 


By becoming a Living Wage Funder you:

  • Get access to guidance on applying the Living Wage to grant-funded posts, including templates and case studies
  • Become part of a strategic community of funders that support and promote the Living Wage, contributing to ending low pay in the third sector
  • Are entitled to use the Living Wage Funder Mark
  • Appear on the LWF website so that supporters and grantees can easily find out about the commitment you have made
  • Have the opportunity to work with the LWF on press coverage to promote your Funder recognition
  • Receive an invitation to events during Living Wage Week and a pack with materials and guidance on how to be part of the national celebrations
  • Are kept up to date on the Living Wage campaign and opportunities to celebrate your recognition

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

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.

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