United make July living wage pledge
Manchester United have vowed to introduce the living wage to all their full-time staff by July - a year earlier than many of their Premier League counterparts.
Two weeks ago, all 20 Premier League clubs bowed to public pressure in the wake of the record £5.136billion TV deal and agreed to introduce the living wage to all their full-time workers by the start of the 2016-17 season.
The living wage is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living.
The living wage is now set at £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 an hour in the rest of the United Kingdom, whereas the national minimum wage is significantly lower at £6.50 an hour.
Rather than wait until the summer of 2016 to pay all their full-time staff the increased wage, United have decided to bring the new pay rates in a year earlier.
A club statement read: "During last month's Premier League shareholders' meeting, the clubs agreed to adopt the Living Wage for all full-time employees by the start of the 2016/17 season.
"Manchester United is fully supportive of this initiative and will be implementing this policy from 1st July 2015, a year earlier than agreed."
Unlike Chelsea, United's sub-contracted staff will not be paid the living wage. That is the case at City also.
Protesters have been campaigning outside Old Trafford this week ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby.
They are demanding both clubs pay their full-time employees and sub-contracted staff the living wage.
City confirmed later in the day that they too are committed to paying their full-time staff the living wage.
"Since May 2013 Manchester City Football Club has paid the Living Wage to all directly employed staff," a spokesperson said.
"The club also has a robust sustainable procurement policy for capital works that includes a requirement that suppliers already pay the living wage or are working towards it, and whether suppliers pay the living wage is part of the selection process for all new contracts.
"City engages employment and procurement practices that are robust and socially aware. These take into account of the need for affordable living, best care in welfare, training and skills development, and local opportunity including apprenticeships and new skills programmes.
"There is a huge amount being undertaken to ensure there is a positive impact of any club investment for local people and the local economy overall, with sustainable outputs and outcomes."