Living Wage

Thousands of Welsh Workers set for payrise as First Minister Mark Drakeford Announces New £9.90 Real Living Wage

Almost 13,000 people working for 359 real Living Wage Employers are set for a vital pay boost as the new Living Wage rate rises to £9.90 in Wales (40p increase) supporting workers and families through the pandemic. The Living Wage rates are the only rates independently calculated based on what people need to live on.

The new Real Living Wage rate and the ‘National Living Wage’ – know the difference

Unlike the UK Government minimum wage (‘National Living Wage’ for over 23s – £8.91 rising to £9.50 in April 2022) the real Living Wage is the only wage rate independently calculated based on rising living costs – including fuel, energy, rent and food. A full-time worker earning the new, real Living Wage would earn £1,930 a year more than a worker earning the current government minimum (NLW). For a worker today that’s the equivalent of 7 months of food bills and more than 5 months’ rent based on average household spending in the UK. Even on next April’s higher NLW rate of £9.50, a full-time worker on the real Living Wage would earn £780 more. The increase in the Living Wage rate this year has largely been driven by rising fuel and rent costs.

This year the campaign for a real Living Wage celebrates its twentieth year across the UK and its tenth anniversary in Wales, with new research from the Cardiff Business School showing Living Wage workers have benefitted from more than £1.6bn in extra wages across the UK during this period, with one in 13 workers now working for an accredited Living Wage Employer. In Wales, over £57.2m in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers thanks to the Living Wage campaign over the last ten years.

The Living Wage movement continues to grow in Wales

The number of accredited Living Wage Employers in Wales has risen by 44% in the last year to 359, including the Wales Millennium Centre, Dyfed-Powys Police and Coaltown Coffee. Much of this progress is as a result of the work of Cynnal Cymru, the Living Wage Foundation’s Accreditation Partner in Wales, which supports employers through the process of accreditation.

Wales’ accredited Living Wage employers join a network of almost 9,000 employers across the UK, including half of the FTSE 100 companies, household names like Aviva, Everton FC, Burberry, and Lush, as well as thousands of small businesses, who are choosing to pay the real Living Wage to ensure all staff earn a wage that meets the real cost of living.

Citizens Cymru Wales is now focusing its campaigning efforts on Health Board, local authorities and care providers in Wales, asking them to accredit as Living Wage employers.

The First Minister will announce the news at a virtual Living Wage Week Wales Launch on Monday 15th November 08:30-09:30, hosted by Citizens Cymru Wales, Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team.

“Today’s announcement of a rise in the Real Living Wage to £9.90 an hour stands to benefit thousands of workers in Wales. The challenge for us is to encourage more employers across Wales to commit to paying their workers at least the Living Wage. As part of the steps we can take to make work fairer, the Welsh Government is using the influence it has to improve levels of Living Wage adoption and accreditation. This includes leading by example as a Living Wage accredited employer, beginning the implementation of the real living wage in social care early in this Senedd term and encouraging employers in Wales to explore the benefits of the Living Wage for them as employers and for those that work for them.”

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales

“We are making remarkable progress towards our goal of making Wales a Living Wage economy, but one in six workers in Wales still earn a poverty wage, and that is a big problem. We need to see more of Wales’ employers choosing to accredit with the Living Wage Foundation, especially in the public sector. This will not only lift their own staff out of in-work poverty, but also those thousands of cleaners, security guards and careworkers working for them in outsourced roles.”

Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School and Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team

“Careworkers like me are delighted that the Welsh Government is going to phase in the Real Living Wage from April next year. This will make a huge difference to the people who have been on the frontline of the pandemic. We’ve heard the clapping and we’ve heard people saying how vital our work is, and now we have heard that our wages will be going up.”

Edel Anabwani, Careworker from Cardiff and Leader with Citizens Cymru Wales

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic we continue to see significant growth in Living Wage accreditations in Wales – with 110 new employers signed up in the last year and thousands of employees benefiting from a poverty-busting payrise. If you are an employer in Wales and you want to join the Living Wage movement we can help you get accredited..”

Sarah Hopkins, Director, Cynnal Cymru

“Becoming a Living Wage Employer is something we’ve wanted to do for a while now, so we’re delighted we’ve finally been able to make that a reality. It’s a hugely important step for us to take as an organisation, to be able to recognise in a small but concrete way the tremendous value our front of house team bring to the table. They’re often the first people our visitors will have come into contact with, so they’re the face of Techniquest in many ways and play a vital role in helping bring science to life for all those who visit. Hopefully this uplift will help towards their living costs going forward and will continue to keep them ahead of the curve compared with others working in similar positions across the UK.”

Lesley Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive of Techniquest, a recently accredited Living Wage employer

“With living costs rising so rapidly, today’s new Living Wage rates will provide hundreds of thousands of workers and their families with greater security and stability. For the past 20 years the Living Wage movement has shaped the debate on low pay, showing what is possible when responsible employers step up and provide a wage that delivers dignity. Despite this, there are still millions trapped in working poverty, struggling to keep their heads above water – and these are people working in jobs that kept society going during the pandemic like social care workers and cleaners. We know that the Living Wage is good for businesses as well as workers, and as we rebuild our economy post pandemic, the real Living Wage must be at its heart.”

Katherine Chapman, Living Wage Foundation Director

Wales’ First Living Wage Building – Launch Event

The accreditation as a Living Wage Building means all tenants will be obliged to pay at least the real Living Wage to employees and onsite contractors.

Join Cynnal Cymru, Councillor Huw Thomas (Leader of Cardiff Council) , Professor Rachel Ashworth (Dean of Cardiff Business School and Living Wage Commissioner) and Professor Chris Taylor (Academic Director, SPARK) to celebrate this important milestone for Wales and how this accreditation will support progress towards making Cardiff a Living Wage City.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about Living Wage Places and their potential role in making Wales a Fair Work nation.

The duration of the webinar will be an hour and the invitation is open to anyone with an interest in attending, so if you’d like to receive a registration link please contact 

Doing the little things in Cardiff on St. David’s Day

This St David’s Day, we are asking organisations across Cardiff to think about the little things they can do to ensure a fair day’s pay for their workers, 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.

Cardiff Council is currently the only accredited real Living Wage local authority in Wales. The Council and partners are championing Cardiff as a Living Wage city which is having positive impact on the city and its employees. As of 1 February 2021, 45% of Wales’ total accredited employers were based in Cardiff and Cardiff employers had contributed to 69% of total uplifts in pay. Recent research by Cardiff University has shown that real Living Wage accreditation by 124 Cardiff employers has resulted in 7,735 workers receiving a pay rise which has added over £32m to the local economy in just over 8 years.

To hear more about the benefits of the real Living Wage from employers and employees in Cardiff please watch this video.

Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, said:

“The seemingly small things really can make a big difference, and I know the significant impact paying the real Living Wage has had in the lives of our own staff. We’re pleased to be supporting organisations across the city to enable them to do the same for their own employees, and this St David’s Day I would encourage any Cardiff business interested in paying the real Living Wage to get in touch to find out more.”

Cardiff Council understand the wider benefits that the real Living Wage can bring to individuals and employers, as well as to the City; and they have made a commitment to reimbursing accreditation fees for SME employers based in Cardiff through their accreditation support scheme. For more information about the real Living Wage in Cardiff please visit the website.

Cardiff Council also encourages local employers to provide a Payroll Savings and Loans Scheme to their staff, enabling their employees to save directly from their salaries and if needed, access affordable credit from an ethical provider. More information can be found on this on the Cardiff & Vale Credit Union’s website.

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!

Living Wage Employer Case-study: Sparkles Cleaning

Cynnal Cymru are the accrediting body in Wales for the Living Wage Foundation’s Accreditation scheme. With over 100 accredited employers in Cardiff- as part of the Cardiff as a Living Wage City ambitions and Action plan we hope to raise that number to 150 and increase the number of people in the City working for an accredited employer to 48,000 by 2022.

As part of that vision, we are presenting case studies of Cardiff employers who have already made their commitment to fair pay to see the difference that accreditation has made to them and their employees.

Today, we focus on Sparkles Cleaning Services Wales and West Limited. Sparkles Cleaning Services has a strong heritage. Founded in South Wales by Ceri Jennings 17 years ago, the business has flourished. From helping people make their homes Sparkle to now helping businesses and national organisations create pleasant and safe places to work.

However, Sparkles has a dual role: to provide stress free professional cleaning, and to provide secure employment to individuals in difficult circumstances.

As such, one of their principles is ‘What Matters to Our People’.  This is not just a slogan on a poster somewhere, but how we behave.  People who join Sparkles are often surprised when they are asked this at the beginning, expecting to be told, instead, what the job entails and what they will be doing.

They work with the following organisations in their dual role of providing stress free professional cleaning, and providing secure employment with:

Cardiff City Council, Cardiff Adult Learning, The Hubs in Cardiff, PACE, and the ESOL Teams.  They are registered as a Work Trial Employer, a Disability Confident Employer and are part of the Cardiff Commitment Drive.

They believe the role of leadership is to add value to those undertaking the value creation roles – those undertaking the cleaning – so spend a great deal of time asking, “What gets in the way of you doing a good job?”.  Leadership effort is then focused on removing obstacles.

However, this is a two-way relationship, where everyone is encouraged to take responsibility.  Individuals are asked to try and solve problems themselves, and find out, and do, what matters to customers.

They have found that this leads to lower turnover of staff, and have a loyal team, proud of their role as a result.  In addition, they have seen an increase in turnover of 400% in the last two years, as customers experience the benefit from their approach.

On a practical level, they continually invest in training, and pay everyone above the real living wage.  In addition, they have recently provided the second profit share with everyone, which was very welcomed, particularly due to the difficulties some of their team members have found during the covid-19 situation.  The profit share is not related to sales targets, but is simply a reflection that the reason the company has made a profit is due to the hard work of their team – so everyone should get a share in the benefits.  Additionally, the profit share was equal, regardless of the usual hours individuals worked, reflecting the fact that everyone contributes, no matter the hours they are able to offer.

They are now taking further steps, in their wish to move away from the traditional employment relationship, and are co-producing with everyone, a rights and responsibilities document based on how everyone wishes to work with each other.  This is built on their work teaching teams therapeutic skills to enable them to settle disagreements and solve problems together, where they have seen fantastic progress.

They are keen to be an exemplar of working differently in practice, and are confident that what they have achieved can be achieved in other organisations.  If other organisations are inspired to take action themselves, they feel a real difference can be made to the Foundational Economy in Cardiff, where more money is kept in the pockets of people living and working in the area, improving economic prosperity in the region.

“It is important to us that we recognise the hard work of our teams, and ensuring we pay the Living Wage, to reflect the real cost of living, is one of the ways we look to do that. We hope our accreditation will inspire other organisations to do the same.”

Simon Pickthall, Director

Visit the Sparkles Website or find out more about making Cardiff a Living Wage City 

Championing the ‘Living Wage’ Movement with Flags at Cardiff Castle

Living Wage flags are flying at Cardiff Castle to mark the Council’s commitment to championing the rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.

The “real” Living Wage is an hourly pay rate which is set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and aims to ensure that no one should have to work for less than they can live on. This year, Wales’ rates have been announced as £9.50 per hour, an increase on last year’s rates of £9.30.

Cardiff Council became the first local authority in Wales to pay all its staff the real Living Wage in 2012 and become an accredited living wage employer in 2015. Since then Cardiff Council and its partners have been at the forefront in Wales and the UK in promoting the benefits of the real Living Wage. Last year, Cardiff became only the second city in the UK, and the first capital city, to achieve ‘Living Wage City’ status as part of the ‘Making Living Wage Places’ scheme.

As part of the scheme, a three-year action plan drawn up by a group of prominent employers in the city is currently being implemented. This included 3 key targets:

1. Increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers from 82 in January 2019 to 150 by 2022. We are well on course with 117 accredited Living Wage employers in Cardiff. This is over 45% of the Welsh total of 258 accredited employers.

2. Increasing the total number of workers employed by Cardiff based accredited Living Wage employers from around 27,250 in January 2019 to 48,000 by 2022. With the recent accreditation of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board we have now exceeded this target with over 49,000 people working for accredited Cardiff based employers.

3. Increasing the number of workers receiving a pay rise to at least the real Living Wage from around 4,500 in January 2019 to 6,500 by 2020. We have exceeded this target with over 7,100 people receiving a pay rise as a result of their employer becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

The Leader of Cardiff Council and Chair of Cardiff’s Living Wage City Steering Group, Cllr Huw Thomas said: “The Living Wage City approach that we have successfully adopted in Cardiff recognises and uses all the skills that the respective partners bring to the table. We have a clear vision of where we want Cardiff to be and a clear action plan to help us on that journey. Now more than ever we recognise that the real Living Wage has an important role to play in making Wales a more economically, racially and socially just nation. It is after all a wage that meets peoples everyday needs”

“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our Public Services Board partner, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), for making the decision to become Wales’s first real Living Wage-accredited Health Board, particularly during such a challenging time. The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the vital contribution that essential workers in the health and social care sectors make to our society, and such action shows real leadership and commitment to ensuring that our ‘essential’ workers earn a wage that meets their everyday needs.”

“I have heard first-hand the positive difference that the real Living Wage has made to both employers and employees. So we’ll continue to champion the Living Wage and encourage other employers to look at the difference paying the real Living Wage can make to their business, their businesses reputation and the wider city.”

The Council has a Living Wage accreditation scheme which supports small local businesses to commit to pay their own employees the Living Wage by offering financial support to those who become accredited Living Wage employers. To find out more about the scheme and the real Living Wage then please visit the Cardiff Council website.

First Minister Mark Drakeford Announces Real Living Wage Increase to £9.50 in Wales

Over 11,300 workers at 264 accredited employers in Wales are set to benefit from a vital pay boost but Living Wage Foundation research finds that 265,000 (22.4%) workers in Wales are still paid under the Real Living Wage.

Vice Chancellors of Cardiff University and Bangor University celebrate as Wales becomes first nation to achieve Living Wage ‘clean sweep’ in higher education.

Citizens Cymru Wales calls for all Careworkers to be paid the Real Living Wage as Cardiff and Vale University Health Board becomes the first in Wales to accredit as a Living Wage employer.

Over 11,300 people working for 264 real Living Wage Employers are set for a vital pay boost as the new Living Wage rate rises to £9.50 in Wales (20p increase) supporting workers and families through the pandemic. The Living Wage rates are the only rates independently calculated based on what people need to live on. Since 2011 over £41.8m in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers in Wales thanks to the Living Wage campaign, including £6.2m since the start of lockdown. Over 5,400 people in key worker industries in the Wales have benefitted from over £36.2m in extra wages since 2011.

The number of accredited Living Wage Employers in Wales has risen by 25% in the last year to 264, including Natural Resources Wales, Sport Wales, Coffi Co and Sparkles Cleaning Services. Swansea University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Bangor University completed a Living Wage ‘clean sweep’ in higher education – completing a process begun by Cardiff University and making Wales the first nation to achieve this. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board became the first accredited Living Wage Health Board in Wales. The Welsh Local Government Association and a growing number of local councils across Wales are following the example of Cardiff Council in moving towards Living Wage accreditation.

Following recognition as the first major urban area in the UK to become a Living Wage City in November 2019, Cardiff has also achieved two of its three milestone objectives ahead of schedule and the Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, has worked with Cynnal Cymru, the Living Wage Foundation’s Accreditation Partner in Wales, to produce a video encouraging other local councils to accredit and become ‘Living Wage Places’.

These organisations join a network of nearly 7,000 employers across the UK, including two-fifths of the FTSE 100 companies, household names like Aviva, Nationwide, Burberry, and Brewdog, as well as thousands of small businesses, who are choosing to pay the real Living Wage to ensure all staff earn a wage that meets the real cost of living, and covers everyday needs.

Research conducted by Cardiff Business School has demonstrated the significant impact of the Living Wage campaign across the UK since the start of the pandemic. Over 250,000 workers have benefitted from an additional £200 million since the start of lockdown, including 130,000 key workers. Since 2011 over £1.3bn in extra wages has gone to workers and families through the Living Wage.

The Living Wage for Wales rate is 78p per hour more than the statutory minimum wage for over 25s. A full-time worker in Wales paid the new £9.50 real Living Wage will receive over £1,500 in additional wages annually compared to the current statutory minimum wage.
The announcement comes as new research by the Living Wage Foundation has demonstrated the scale of low pay during the pandemic, with 265,000 jobs in Wales still paying less than the real Living Wage.

Citizens Cymru, the community organising alliance which leads the Living Wage campaign in Wales, is launching a campaign calling for all Careworkers in Wales to be paid the Real Living Wage.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said:

“Today’s announcement of a rise in the Real Living Wage to £9.50 an hour means a significant pay rise for thousands of workers in Wales, many of whom are serving our communities on the frontline during the pandemic.

“Last year in Living Wage Week I urged all public bodies in Wales to work towards Living Wage accreditation. Another eight have done so. I am particularly pleased to see Cardiff and Vale University Health Board becoming the first accredited health board in Wales – I hope to see the other NHS organisations and public bodies joining them this year. For many this will be a journey and we will be with them every step of the way.”

Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School and Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, said:

“We are making remarkable progress towards our goal of making Wales a Living Wage economy, but almost a quarter of workers in Wales still earn a poverty wage, and that is a big problem. One area in which poverty pay is the norm is social care. We’ve all clapped for careworkers during the pandemic – over this next year we need to make sure that they are paid the Real Living Wage.”

Edel Anabwani, a Careworker from Cardiff and a Leader with Citizens Cymru Wales, said:

“Careworkers like me have heard so much in this pandemic. We’ve heard the clapping and we’ve heard people saying how vital our work is. What we haven’t heard is when careworkers like us can expect to be paid the Real Living Wage. The public think we’re worth the money, and we think that most politicians agree. Citizens Cymru Wales is launching a campaign to build a cross-party consensus to make sure careworkers get paid at least the Real Living Wage by Living Wage Week in 2021.”

Sarah Hopkins, Director of Cynnal Cymru, the Living Wage Foundation’s Accreditation Partner in Wales, said:

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic we continue to see significant growth in Living Wage accreditations in Wales – with 56 new employers signed up in the last year and 5,000 employees benefiting from a poverty-busting payrise. Only Scotland and London have a higher proportion rate of accredited employers, and we are encouraging more employers in Wales to work with us to achieve Living Wage accreditation.”

Charles Janczewski, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said:

“As one of the largest employers across south east Wales, we felt very strongly it was important to do the right thing and offer our staff the Living Wage. Many of our staff live in some of the most deprived communities in Wales and we know the connection between economic prosperity is one of the key determinants of good mental health. Particularly during these tough economic times it is good to put some additional money into the pockets of our lowest paid NHS staff and hopefully this will help their family budget go a little bit further each week. By offering the Living Wage it puts us in a good position to retain good staff, many of them in vital roles across the Health Board that enable us to keep services open and operational. I am pleased that we now offer all of our staff the Living Wage as of 1 April 2020.”

Professor Iwan Davies, Vice Chancellor of Bangor University, said:

“We are proud to have helped Wales complete a Living Wage clean sweep in higher education. Living Wage accreditation is important to us as a major employer in the region.”

Laura Gardiner, Living Wage Foundation Director, said:
“It’s an incredibly challenging time for us all, but today’s new Living Wage rates will give a boost to hundreds of thousands of workers in Wales, including thousands of key and essential workers like cleaners, care workers, delivery drivers, and supermarket staff, who have kept our economy going.

“Since the start of the pandemic employers have continued to sign up to a real Living Wage. During Living Wage Week it’s right that we celebrate those employers that have done right by workers and families, providing them with much needed security and stability even when times are hard. These are the employers that will allow us to recover and rebuild from this crisis.”

Making Cardiff a Living Wage City

The Action Plan includes:
• Increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers to 150 by 2022.
• Increasing the number of people working for accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 by 2022.
• Encouraging major employers, iconic employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.
• Supporting small businesses to accredit through the Council’s Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme.

There are already over 100 Cardiff Living Wage employers signed to the scheme.

If you are an accredited Living Wage employer in Cardiff please consider joining our LinkedIn group to build a community of fair pay employers in the city. Your primary contact for accreditation will shortly receive an e-mail inviting the organisation to join.

If you a Cardiff-based organisation that has not yet accredited and would like to do so please get in touch, we are at hand to support you through all stages of accreditation and Cardiff Council’s support scheme offers a reimbursement of fees up to the value of £720 if you accredit before March 2021. 

Cardiff Council Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme

Living Wage Week celebrated during Kidwelly launch with Burns Pet Nutrition


Burns Pet Nutrition kicked started the celebrations of The Living Wage Week by hosting the first west Wales event.

Local employers including Santander, Nationwide, Adecco, Delta Wellbeing, Carmarthenshire County Council, Castell Howell, Swansea Council for Voluntary Action, Trinity St Davids, Libra Energy & Estates Ltd andBevan Buckland LLP joined in the celebrations at the Parc y Bocs in Kidwelly.

The company is a champion of the Living Wage movement in Carmarthenshire, and the event emphasised the importance of employers adopting the Living Wage for their workers.

Speaking at the launch event, John Burns, Katie Roderick and Helen Mary Jones were passionate in their championing of the Living Wage. The team at Burns are inspirational advocates for paying a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. The event was also an opportunity to hear worker testimonials of how earning fair wages has given them better choices.


Burns HR Manager Katie Roderick said that ‘it was a very straightforward accreditation process. One simple form’. Katie and her team have said they are very happy to share their experiences with other employers in the region who are looking to accredit.


Helen Mary Jones AM said:

“The organisation is the first champion of the Living Wage Movement in Carmarthenshire; what a privilege and a responsibility that brings and one that John Burns and his staff have taken on board with energy and commitment.

“Everyone here at Burns is a passionate advocate for paying a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and we are delighted they hosted the event to help encourage and inspire as many employers in the region as possible to take up the mantle and follow their excellent example.

“Living Wage Week is about celebrating our Living Wage Employers – thanking them for making such a difference in people’s lives. It’s also about helping our friends and colleagues in other organisations who are also in favour of fair pay and want to learn as much as possible about what it means to become accredited Living Wage Employers.”

In addition to the avocation of the Living Wage implementation across Wales,  the 224 Living Wage accredited employers and celebrated the achievement in a statement of opinion in the Senedd.


About Living Wage Week

Living Wage week runs from 11th November to 17th November 2019 with events being held across the UK.

Cynnal Cymru is the Living Wage accreditation body for Wales. Find out more about Living Wage.[:]

Cardiff is First Major Urban Area in Uk to Become a ‘Living Wage City’


241,000, or 1 in 5 jobs in Wales still pay below the real Living Wage, which today rises to £9.30 an hour in Wales

– Cardiff becomes the first major urban area in the UK to be awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status as a result of an ambitious 3-year partnership between communities, employers and Cardiff Council to double the number of accredited Living Wage employers and lift thousands more workers out of in-work poverty

– First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce the new Living Wage for Wales of £9.30 per hour (up from £9, an increase of 30p per hour) at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay

– The Living Wage Foundation’s rate is independently calculated to reflect the increased cost of living and is £1.09p per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s)

– Nearly 6,000 UK businesses currently pay the voluntary real Living Wage rate; 222 of which are headquartered in Wales

– Since 2011, £32,187,495 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in Wales, directly benefitting nearly 7,000 Welsh workers.

– A Living Wage worker in Wales now benefits from an average annual pay boost of nearly £2,000

Workers in Wales must earn £9.30 an hour in order to cover the cost of living, as the Living Wage Foundation today announces its new Living Wage rates.

A worker paid the £9.30 real Living Wage will get £2,000 in additional wages compared to the Government minimum of £8.21 an hour – equivalent to 9 months of a typical family’s food and drink bill.

The London and UK rates are increasing by 20p (1.9 per cent) and 30p (3.3 per cent) respectively, with the single biggest factor explaining why the UK wide rate has risen faster than the London rate being private rental costs (which increased more slowly in London). Childcare costs also rose at a faster rate UK wide compared to London. [2]

There are now more than 222 Wales based Living Wage Employers that have voluntarily gone beyond the Government to pay a real Living Wage, including Burns Pet Food, University of Wales Trinity St David, Cardiff Council and newly accredited major private sector employer Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Multiple branches of household names such as Majestic, Lush and Nationwide also pay the rate.

Dundee and Glenrothes pioneered the ‘Living Wage Places’ concept earlier this year, but Cardiff will be the first major urban area in the UK to gain the Living Wage City accolade thanks to its ambitious plan to bring many more employers up to the higher, voluntary, real Living Wage standard.  The plan was put together by a steering group chaired by the Leader of Cardiff Council with senior representatives from civil society and local employers, and by 2022 it aims to increase the number of accredited Living Wage employers based in the capital from 100 to 150, increase the number of job roles protected by accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 (currently around 27,250), and encourage iconic Cardiff employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.

UK wide £1.1 billion extra has now gone into the pockets of low paid workers, with this Living Wage week seeing 210,000 workers get a payrise onto the new Living Wage rates thanks to nearly 6,000 real Living Wage employers.

Despite the good news research by IHG Markit for KPMG has demonstrated the scale of in-work poverty challenge in Wales, with 241,000 jobs (or 21%) of all jobs in Wales still paying less than the real Living Wage.


Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School and Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, said:

“We are delighted that Cardiff has achieved ‘Living Wage City’ status – and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of Cardiff Council and the team of employers including, I am proud to say my own employer, Cardiff University, who helped to devise the application that we are leading the way.  Becoming a ‘Living Wage City’ is not about ticking the boxes, it is about implementing a plan to lift thousands of local workers out of in-work poverty over the next three years.  We cannot do this on our own – and so I encourage any employer based in the capital to join us, become an accredited Living Wage employer, and help us make Cardiff a Living Wage City.”


El Bashir Idris, a Leader with Citizens Cymru, which leads the Living Wage campaign in Wales, said:

“It is easy to think of Cardiff as a prosperous place, but all along the southern arc of the city are communities like mine, in Butetown, where almost half of the children grow up in poverty.  Young people like me are told that if we study hard and work hard then we’ll find a good job – but one in five jobs in Cardiff pay less than the Real Living Wage.  That is why the strategy to make Cardiff a Living Wage City is so important, and why Citizens Cymru Wales will be organising low-paid workers and their families so that they are able to influence the Living Wage City plan and ensure it raises the wages of those who really need it.”


Cynnal Cymru Director, Mari Arthur said: 

“Since Cynnal Cymru have managed the accreditation process in Wales we have seen a significant increase in accreditation, and whilst we celebrate those employers that have recognised the valuable contribution their employees bring to their organisations, there are still too many people being paid poverty wages in Wales. We look forward to raising awareness of the value and benefits of the Real Living Wage this week and encourage all employers to consider joining the 222 Living Wage accredited employers in Wales.” 


Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Chris Jones, said:

“Our people are our greatest asset and best ambassadors, so ensuring they are paid fairly is at the heart of our not-for-profit approach – so we are proud to support the Living Wage Foundation in this mission. 

“As one of Wales’s biggest employers, we want to play an active, positive role in the communities we serve – and promoting fair working practices is key to achieving this. This benefits our people, and also helps realise our vision of earning the trust of customers, every day.” 


Chris Nott, Senior Partner, Capital Law Ltd said:

“The Living Wage isn’t just a human right, it’s also good for business. What successful businesses have in common is happy, collegiate committed workforces, who enjoy coming to work – the starting point for this is to pay them properly. We’ve enjoyed working with Cardiff council, Citizens Cymru, Cynnal Cymru and other prominent employers in the region to champion this vision, understand the local low pay challenges, and set out a plan to address them. Now that Cardiff has officially been awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status, I look forward to seeing the number of companies paying the living wage continue to increase. It’s a marginal difference for employers, that can have big benefits for their employees and business alike.”


Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation Director, said:   

“Today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a welcome pay boost for thousands of workers throughout Wales. We are also delighted at the ambition of Cardiff to build a Living Wage city, with Cardiff planning to double the number of workers getting the real Living Wage to nearly 50,000, freeing many more families from the low pay trap. We hope to see many more towns and cities follow suit.” [:cy]

Mae 241,000, neu 1 o bob 5 swydd yng Ngymru, yn dal i dalu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn, sydd heddiw yn codi i  £9.30 yr awr yma yng Nghymru


– Caerdydd yw’r ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ o ganlyniad i bartneriaeth uchegeisiol, 3-blynedd o hyd, rhwng cymunedau, cyflogwyr a Chyngor Caerdydd i ddyblu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a chodi miloedd rhagor o weithwyr allan o dlodi mewn gwaith.

– Bydd y Prif Weinidog, Mark Drakeford, yn cyhoeddi’r Cyflog Byw newydd yng Nghymru, sef £9.30 yr awr, (o £9, cynnydd o 30c yr awr) yn Adeilad y Pierhead ym Mae Caerdydd.

– Mae cyfradd y Living Wage Foundation wedi’i gyfrifo’n annibynnol i adlewyrchu’r costau byw cynyddol, ac mae’n £1.09 yr awr yn uwch na’r isafswm cyflog (i’r rhai dros 25 oed).

– Mae bron 6,00 o fusnesau yn y DU yn talu, yn wirfoddol, y gyfradd Cyflog Byw go-iawn, ac mae 222 ohonynt a’u pencadlys yma yng Nghymru.

– Ers 2011, mae £32,187,495 o gyflog ychwanegol wedi dod i bocedi gweithwyr yng Nghymru, gan olygu bod bron 7,000 o weithwyr Cymru ar eu hennill.

– Erbyn hyn mae gweithiwr Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru yn ennill cyflog ychwanegol sydd, ar gyfartaledd, dros £2,000 yn uwch nag o’r blaen.

– Rhaid i weithwyr Cymru ennill £9.30 yr awr er mwyn dod i ben â chostau byw, wrth i’r Living Wage Foundation gyhoeddi heddiw ei gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd.


Bydd gweithiwr sy’n derbyn y Cyflog Byw go-iawn o £9.30 yn ennill cflog ychwanegol o £2,000 o’i gymharu ag isafswm y llywodraeth, sef £8.21 yr awr – mae hyn yn gyfartal â 9 mis o fil bwyd a diod teulu arferol.

Mae cyfraddau Llundain a’r DU yn cynyddu o 20c (1.9 y cant) a 30c (3.3 y cant) yn eu tro, a’r un ffactor mwyaf sy’n esbonio’r rheswm pam fod cyfradd y DU wedi codi’n uwch na chyfradd Llundain yw costau rhentu preifat (sydd wedi cynyddu yn arafach yn Llundain). Hefyd, mae costau gofal plant wedi codi yn gyflymach ar draws y DU o’u cymharu â Llundain.  [2]

Erbyn hyn, mae dros 222 Cyflogwr Cyflog Byw wedi’u lleoli yng Nghymru ac mae’r rhain, o’u gwirfodd, wedi mynd cam ymhellach na Llywodraeth y DU, ac yn talu Cyflog Byw go-iawn; mae’r rhain yn cynnwys Burns Pet Food, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant, Cyngor Caerdydd a chyflogwr mawr y sector preifat, sydd newydd ei achredu, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Mae canghennau lu o enwau bob dydd megis Majestic, Lush a Nationwide hefyd yn talu’r gyfradd.

Yn Dundee a Glenrothes, yn gynharach eleni, y sefydlwyd y cysyniad o ‘Lefydd Cyflog Byw’, ond Caerdydd fydd yr ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill yr anrhydedd o fod yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw, diolch i’w gynllun uchelgeisiol i godi llawer mwy o weithwyr i safon gwirfoddol, uwch, go-iawn y Cyflog Byw. Lluniwyd y cynllun gan grŵp llywio o dan gadeiryddiaeth Arweinydd Cyngor Caerdydd a sy’n cynnwys uwch gynrychiolwyr y gymdeithas sifil a chyflogwyr lleol, ac erbyn 2022 mae’n anelu at gynyddu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig a leolir yn y brifddinas o 100 i 150, i gynyddu’r nifer o swyddi a amdiffynir gan gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig i 48,000 (ar hyn o bryd tua 27,250 yw’r cyfanswm) ac annog cyflogwyr eiconig Caerdydd a’r sefydliadau ‘angor’ yng Nghaerdydd i fod yn gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig.

Erbyn hyn ar draws y DU mae £1.1 biliwn ychwanegol wedi mynd i bocedi gweithwyr cyflog-isel, ac mae’r wythnos Cyflog Byw hon yn gweld 210,00 o weithwyr yn derbyn codiad cyflog i gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd, diolch i bron i 6,000 o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Er gwaetha’r newyddion da, mae ymchwil a wnaethpwyd gan IHG Markit ar ran KPMG wedi dangos maint yr her tlodi mewn gwaith yng Nghymru, gyda 241,000 (neu 21%) o’r holl swyddi yng Nghymru yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Dyma ddywedodd yr Athro Rachel Ashworth, Deon Ysgol Fusnes Caerdydd a Chadeirydd Tîm Arwain Cyflog Byw i Gymru:

“Rydym wrth ein boddau bod Caerdydd wedi ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ – a diolch i waith caled ac ymroddiad Cyngor Caerdydd a’r tîm o gyflogwyr gan gynnwys, rwy’n falch i ddweud, fy nghyflogwr innau, Prifysgol Caerdydd, sydd wedi heplu i lunio’r cais ‘rydym yn arwain y ffordd. Nid mater o dicio blychau yw bod yn ‘Ddinas Cyflog Byw’ – mae’n golygu gweithredu cynllun i godi miloedd o weithwyr lleol allan o dlodi mewn gwaith dros y tair blynedd nesaf. Ni allwn wneud hyn ar ein pennau’n hunain – felly rwyf am annog unrhyw gyflogwr sydd wedi’i leoli yn y brifddinas i ymuno â ni, i fod yn gyflogwr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a’n helpu ni i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw”.


A dyma a ddywedodd El Bashir Idris, un o Arweinyddion Citizens Cymru, y mudiad sy’n arwain yr ymgyrch Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru:

“Mae’n hawdd meddwl am Gaerdydd fel lle ffyniannus ond, ar hyd ardaloedd deheuol y ddinas fe ddewch ar draws cymunedau fel fy nghymuned i, sef Butetown, lle y mae bron hanner y plant yn tyfu i fyny mewn tlodi. Mae bobl ifanc fel fi yn cael eu cynghori i astudio’n galed a gweithio’n galed, a byddwn yn dod o hyd i swydd dda – ond mae un o bob pump swydd yng Nghaerdydd yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw Go-iawn. Dyna’r rheswm y mae’r strategaeth i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw mor bwysig, a’r rheswm y bydd Citizens Cymru Wales yn trefnu gweithwyr cyflog-isel a’u teuluoedd fel eu bod yn gallu dylanwadu ar y cynllun Dinas Cyflog Byw, a sicrhau ei fod yn codi cyflog y bobl hynny sydd wir ei angen”.


Dyma oedd gan Mari Arthur, Cyfarwyddwr Cynnal Cymru, i’w ddweud:

“Ers bod Cynnal Cymru wedi bod yn rheoli’r broses achredu yng Nghymru ‘rydym wedi gweld cynnydd sylweddol mewn achredu a, tra ein bod yn dathlu’r cyflogwyr hynny sydd wedi cydnabod y cyfraniad gwerthfawr y mae eu cyflogai yn gwneud i’w sefydliadau, mae dal gormod o bobl yn derbyn cyflog tlodi yng Nghymru. Edrychwn ymlaen yr wythnos hon at godi ymwybyddiaeth o werth a buddion y Cyflog Byw Go-iawn, ac ‘rydym am annog pob cyflogwr i ystyried ymuno â’r 222 cyflogwr achrededig Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru”.


Dywedodd Chris Jones, Prif Weithredwr Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water:

“Ein gweithlu ni yw ein hased mwyaf a’n llysgenhadon gorau, felly mae sicrhau eu bod yn derbyn cyflog teg wrth wraidd ein dull dielw – felly, ‘rydym yn falch i gefnogi’r Living Wage Foundation yn ei genhadaeth.

Fel un o gyflogwyr mwyaf Cymru, ‘rydym am chwarae rhan weithredol, gadarnhaol yn y cymunedau ‘rydym yn eu gwasanaethu – ac mae hyrwyddo arfer gwaith teg yn allweddol os ‘rydym am wireddu hyn. Mae hyn o fudd i’n gweithlu, ac mae hefyd yn helpu ni i wireddu’n gweledigaeth o ennill ymddiriedaeth ein cwsmeriaid, a hynny’n feunyddiol”.


Dyma oedd gan Katherine Chapman, Cyfarwyddwr y Living Wage Foundation i’w ddweud:

“Bydd y cyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd a gyhoeddir heddiw yn rhoi hwb i gyflogau miloedd o weithwyr ledled Cymru, ac mae hyn i’w groesawu. ‘Rydym hefyd mor falch o uchelgais Caerdydd i adeiladu dinas Cyflog Byw, a bod Caerdydd yn cynllunio i ddyblu, i bron 50,000, y nifer o weithwyr sy’n derbyn Cyflog Byw go-iawn, gan ryddhau llawer mwy o deuuoedd o fagl cyflog isel. Ein gobaith ni yw y byddwn yn gweld llawer mwy o drefi a dinasoedd yn efelychu’r fenter hon.”[:]

Real Living Wage Accreditation for Aberystwyth University

[:en]Aberystwyth University has been officially accredited as a Real Living Wage employer.

The news was announced by the Living Wage Foundation at the beginning of Living Wage Week 2018.

Aberystwyth University is one of 174 employers in Wales who have now signed up voluntarily to pay the Real Living Wage.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “Aberystwyth University is one of the biggest employers in Mid Wales, with more than 2,000 full-time and part-time staff. We value the contribution they make to all areas of campus life, and their dedication and commitment underpins the success of our institution. Our decision to adopt the Real Living Wage reflects our principles and values as an ethical employer, and we are now working to support responsible employment practices throughout our supply chain.”

Following a decision by its Council, the University began the process of paying the Real Living Wage to staff on lower pay scales in April 2018 while the institution submitted its accreditation application to the Living Wage Foundation.

Mohamed Cheggaf, who works as a porter at the University, is among those to benefit from the higher rate.

“Receiving the Living Wage rate has made a big difference. The cost of living is increasing all the time, with shopping and other bills becoming more expensive. Now that I am earning the Living Wage, paying these bills is easier and life is better for me and my family,” said Mohamed, who has also learnt to speak Welsh since moving to Aberystwyth.

Set by the Living Wage Foundation, the Living Wage is calculated on the earnings an employee needs in order to meet the basic costs of living and is higher than the UK Government’s National Living Wage.

Launching the Living Wage Week Wales in Cardiff on Monday 5 November, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones announced that the Real Living Wage rate outside London would rise from £8.75 per hour to £9 per hour.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Tess Lanning, said: “Today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a boost for thousands of workers throughout Wales. Responsible businesses know that the government minimum is not enough to live on. Employers that pay the real Living Wage enable their workers to live a life of dignity, supporting them to pay off debts and meet the pressures of rising bills.

“In particular we want to see local councils, universities, football clubs, bus companies and the other major public and private sector employers in every city commit to become real Living Wage employers. When they do, thousands of people get a pay rise, but other local employers also follow their lead. If more of these institutions step up, we can start to build true Living Wage places.”[:cy]Mae Prifysgol Aberystwyth wedi’i hachredu’n swyddogol fel cyflogwr Cyflog Byw Go Iawn.

Cyhoeddwyd y newyddion gan y Sefydliad Cyflog Byw ddydd Llun 5 Tachwedd 2018, ar ddechrau Wythnos Cyflog Byw 2018.

Mae Prifysgol Aberystwyth yn un o 174 o gyflogwyr yng Nghymru sydd wedi gwneud penderfyniad gwirfoddol i dalu’r Cyflog Byw Go Iawn.

Dywedodd yr Athro Elizabeth Treasure, Is-Ganghellor Prifysgol Aberystwyth: “Prifysgol Aberystwyth yw un o gyflogwyr mwyaf Canolbarth Cymru ac mae gennym dros 2,000 o staff llawn amser a rhan amser. Rydym yn gwerthfawrogi eu cyfraniad i bob agwedd o fywyd campws, ac mae eu hymroddiad yn sail i lwyddiant ein sefydliad. Mae ein penderfyniad i fabwysiadu’r Cyflog Byw Go Iawn yn adlewyrchu ein gwerthoedd a’n  hegwyddorion fel cyflogwr moesegol, ac rydym yn gweithio nawr tuag at gefnogi arferion cyflogaeth gyfrifol drwy ein cadwyn gyflenwi.”

Yn dilyn penderfyniad gan y Cyngor, fe ddechreuodd y Brifysgol ar y broses o dalu’r Cyflog Byw Go Iawn i staff ar raddfeydd cyflog is ym mis Ebrill 2018 tra bod cais y sefydliad am achrediad swyddogol yn cael ei gyflwyno i’r Sefydliad Cyflog Byw.

Mae Mohamed Cheggaf, sy’n gweithio fel porthwr yn y Brifysgol, ymhlith y rhai sy’n elwa o’r gyfradd uwch.

“Mae derbyn y gyfradd Cyflog Byw wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth mawr imi. Mae’r gost o fyw yn cynyddu drwy’r amser, gyda biliau siopa a biliau eraill yn codi’n  gyson. Dwi nawr yn derbyn y Cyflog Byw, ac felly mae talu’r biliau yn haws ac mae bywyd yn well i fi a’n nheulu,” meddai Mohamed, sydd hefyd wedi bod yn dysgu Cymraeg ers symud i Aberystwyth ddeuddeng mlynedd yn ôl.

Caiff y Cyflog Byw ei osod gan y Sefydliad Cyflog Byw ac mae’n seiliedig ar yr enillion sydd ei hangen ar weithiwr i dalu costau byw elfennol. Mae’r gyfradd yn uwch na Chyflog Byw Cenedlaethol Llywodraeth y DU.

Wrth lansio Wythnos Cyflog Byw Cymru 2018 ar ddydd Llun 5 Tachwedd, cyhoeddodd Prif Weinidog Cymru Carwyn Jones y bydd cyfradd y Cyflog Byw Go Iawn y tu allan i Lundain yn cynyddu o £8.75 yr awr i £9 yr awr.

Dywedodd Cyfarwyddwr y Sefydliad Cyflog Byw, Tess Lanning: “Bydd y cyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd yn rhoi hwb i filoedd o weithwyr ledled Cymru. Mae busnesau cyfrifol yn ymwybodol nad yw cyflog isafswm y llywodraeth yn ddigon i fyw arno. Mae cyflogwyr sy’n talu’r Cyflog Byw Go Iawn yn galluogi eu gweithwyr i fyw bywyd urddasol, ac yn eu cynorthwyo i dalu dyledion a thalu biliau.

“Rydym am weld cynghorau lleol, prifysgolion, clybiau pêl-droed, cwmnïau bysiau a chyflogwyr yn y sectorau preifat a chyhoeddus ym mhob dinas yn ymrwymo i fod yn gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw Go Iawn. O ganlyniad, bydd miloedd yn derbyn cynnydd cyflog, a bydd cyflogwyr lleol eraill yn dilyn eu hesiampl. Pan fydd y sefydliadau hyn yn camu tuag at y cyfeiriad yma, gallwn ddechrau adeiladu ar leoliadau Cyflog Byw Go Iawn.”[:]

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