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Burberry and GSK pay Living Wage

Published 26/04/2015

Burberry has been accredited as a Living Wage employer
Burberry has been accredited as a Living Wage employer

Two leading companies have been accredited as Living Wage employers, extending payment of the hourly rate to sub-contractors such as cleaners and security staff.

The move by luxury fashion firm Burberry and drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) takes the number of Living Wage employers to over 1,400.

The Living Wage rate is £7.85 an hour, and £9.15 in London, well above the adult minimum wage figure of £6.50, which is rising to £6.70 in October.

Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation said: "We are delighted to welcome two of the UK's most successful and well-known businesses to the Living Wage movement.

"The move by these companies to accredit as Living Wage employers is a significant milestone for the Living Wage Foundation; increasing the number of FTSE100 Living Wage companies and cementing the Living Wage mark as a sign of responsible business.

"Leading companies are recognising that the Living Wage is good for business and increasingly what customers expect."

The Living Wage Foundation initially focused on employers in London, being born out of a campaign by London Citizens, part of national community organising charity Citizens UK.

The campaign was started by parents in East London, who found that despite working two or more minimum wage jobs, they were struggling to make ends meet and were left with no time for family and community life.

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