Just over 10 years ago the Living Wage campaign began in Greater Manchester. The Living Wage Foundation that emerged, campaigns for employers to pay people a wage rate based on the real cost of living - currently set at £12 per hour (£13.50 in London). Today, this wage is voluntarily paid by 14,000 UK employers including 700 in Greater Manchester: dock10 is proud to be a Living Wage Employer. There are currently more than 145,000 workers employed by Living Wage Employers and over 26,000 uplifts to the Living Wage have been provided.
For this year's Living Wage Week, The Living Wage Foundation returned to Salford where everything began. The week started with a networking event held at dock10 studios in Salford that saw presentations from a range of speakers including Living Wage champions and workers. It was a wonderful celebration of all the employers in Greater Manchester who continue to pay the real Living Wage to their employees and across their supply chains despite the ongoing challenges of the current economic climate. The event was also attended by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, who commented: "Paying the real Living Wage is good for employees and good for business and has a positive impact on society".