Living Wage

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 

Community Foundation Wales Accredit as a Living Wage Funder

The scheme recognises funders that commit to supporting charities by funding posts at the Living Wage or above.

Community Foundation Wales has received recognition as a Living Wage Funder in the UK from the Living Wage Foundation.

As part of their commitment to being a Living Wage Funder, Community Foundation Wales supports successful applicant charities to pay the Living Wage to any grant-funded staff posts.

Living Wage Funders themselves are Living Wage Employers and then, where possible, also encourage grantees to become accredited employers over time.

Living Wage Funders work together to end low pay in the voluntary and community sector.

Thousands of charities and funders have already embraced the real Living Wage across the UK, but low pay remains a significant challenge across the sector. The Living Wage Funder scheme has been funded by People’s Health Trust and developed in collaboration with a range of funders including Trust for London, Barrow Cadbury, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief.

The minimum wage for those aged 25 and over in the UK is currently £8.72 an hour in the UK, but the Living Wage, a voluntary rate which is set independently and calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £9.50, rising to £10.85 in London.

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:

“We are delighted to recognise Community Foundation Wales as a Living Wage Funder. The leadership shown demonstrates a commitment to tackling the serious problems that low pay brings to our communities.
“Many organisations in the voluntary and community sectors are working hard to tackle social injustice and poverty; it’s only right that those committed to these roles are afforded at least a Living Wage. We hope to see many more funders and corporates follow the lead of Community Foundation Wales and the other Living Wage Funders.

“At a time when half of those in poverty live in a household where someone has a job, the real Living Wage is much needed by families across the UK. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Wales said:

“We believe it is more important now than ever before that we ensure the organisations we fund are paying the Living Wage to all employees rather than the minimum wage.

The Living Wage provides such a boost to the economy we know we will see better health, wellbeing and stronger communities as a result.

This has driven our decision and we are delighted to announce that we are now signed up to as a Living Wage Funder.”

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said:

“People’s Health Trust is pleased to welcome Community Foundation Wales as the latest charitable funder to join the Living Wage Funder network. By becoming part of this rapidly growing scheme, they have demonstrated their commitment, as a funder, to working towards ending low pay in the voluntary and community sector.

“We want to see the Living Wage become the norm, and believe that funding organisations can lead the way in making this happen within the voluntary sector.”

United Welsh Celebrate Living Wage Week Accreditation

Announced during the 2020 Living Wage Week, which is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK, the Living Wage Foundation’s accreditation recognises United Welsh’s commitment to paying people fairly.

The Real Living Wage is independently-calculated each year and is based on the true cost of living for employees and their families.

Employers can choose to pay the Real Living Wage on a voluntary basis and United Welsh’s commitment means that everyone working for the organisation will receive it, regardless of whether they are direct employees or a contracted member of staff.

Lynda Sagona, Group Chief Executive of United Welsh said:

“We are delighted that United Welsh has been officially accredited as a Living Wage employer.

“For us, paying the Real Living Wage is simply the right thing to do. Our people are the most important part of the organisation and without them, we could not continue to achieve our ambitions of providing more quality homes and services that make a difference to people’s lives every day.

“United Welsh is proud to contribute to a movement which tackles poverty, inequality, and develops a more sustainable economy for communities across Wales.”

Living Wage Week 2020 was officially launched by the First Minister at an online event on Monday 9th November.

Through this accreditation, United Welsh has joined a movement of over 260 Welsh employers who choose to go beyond the legal minimum and ensure that all their staff receive a rate of pay that is based on the cost of living.

Bethan Harvey of Cynnal Cymru, the Living Wage Accrediting Body in Wales said:

“It was great to work with United Welsh on becoming a Living Wage Employer – they showed full commitment to both doing the right thing by ensuring anybody working for them earns enough to live on and also to the work involved at each stage of the accreditation process. I wish them every success on their Living Wage journey and look forward to working with them and other housing associations in the future.”

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.”

Living Wage Week 2020 Timetable

Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement!

If you’re wondering how you might be able to make the most of Living Wage Week -you can watch the recording from the Living Wage Foundation Webinar.  You can also download the guide.

If you’re an accredited employer you will have received your digital packs but apart from countdown material please refrain from using the graphics until the week is upon us! The Digital Pack is also now available yn Gymraeg so don’t forget to schedule your bilingual posts for the Monday morning or beyond. If you’d like some suggested tweets or ideas for celebrating on Social Media – get in touch!

We won’t be able to meet up in person this year.  However, we are still going to recreate all of the best moments from Living Wage Week events – but online!


Monday 9th November 8:30am – Living Wage Week Wales Launch 

An online event that will launch Living Wage Week in Wales with the First Minister announcing the new rate, celebrations of success stories from the last year and looking ahead to the 2020-21 campaign.

Monday 9th November 2:00pm – Living Wage West Wales with Burns Nutrition

Burns Pet Nutrition invite West Wales employers to join them to showcase Living Wage Champions and connect with those working on the same agenda in the region.

Monday 9th November 2:00pm – Living Wage North Wales with DEG

DEG invite you to an event that aims to strengthen the employer network in North Wales and provide the opportunity to discuss ambitions for the region. 

Thursday 12th November 10:00 – 11:55 Cynnal Cymru and WLGA Local Authorities Forum on Living Wage Accreditation and Living Wage Places 

A joint event between WLGA and Cynnal Cymru as part of Living Wage Week to bring together Heads of Procurement from Local Authorities to discuss the value of Living Wage accreditation, the benefits of becoming a Living Wage Place and bring the opportunity to have a focused discussion on barriers to accreditation and provide tailored support. 

Thursday 12th November 13:00 – 15:00 – Roundtable on Fairwork

A closed discussion chaired by Lee Waters MS to bring together Welsh Government, local governments, trade unions and the private and voluntary sectors to explore the creation of a collaborative and integrated action plan for accelerating progress on Fair Work in Wales.

If you have any questions regarding Living Wage Week in Wales or would like to get involved please contact

#LivingWageWeek #Wales



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

The 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are open!

[:en]We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are NOW OPEN for individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

The awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage. Have a look at the listed categories and the applicant guidance to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.

Applications close on 10 March, so make sure you get yours in shortly.

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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.”[:]

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