Merton College announces commitment to Oxford Living Wage

Published: Friday, 19th March 2021

The University of Oxford’s Merton College has officially announced its commitment to paying its staff the Oxford Living Wage.

The University of Oxford’s Merton College has officially announced its commitment to paying its staff the Oxford Living Wage. The college joined the scheme in April 2020 but delayed its announcement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oxford Living Wage (OLW) is an hourly minimum rate of pay that promotes liveable earnings for all workers in recognition of the high cost of living in Oxford.

Oxford City Council has set the rate – currently £10.21 an hour, but due to rise to £10.31 in April – at 95% of the London Living Wage.

The City Council introduced the OLW in 2009. The University of Oxford became an accredited OLW employer in 2016. Currently, two colleges and, in total, six University of Oxford organisations are signed up as OLW employers.

Find more information on the Oxford Living Wage on Oxford City Council’s website.

"The cost of living in Oxford is one of the highest outside of London, and we are committed to encouraging local employers to pay their staff a liveable wage.

We promote the Oxford Living Wage as a way for employers to show that they recognise the financial pressures on their staff, and demonstrate the value they place on their employees.

This year above all others a commitment to a fair wage is especially important - ensuring that the pressure of unfair wages is not added to the overall stress of the pandemic.

It is great to see that Merton College decided to take this step in 2019 and has continued to support the Oxford Living Wage. I hope that other colleagues and local employers will be following soon.”

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the City Council

"I was delighted that during my first term as Warden in 2019 the Governing Body committed wholeheartedly to support the Oxford Living Wage.

As a local girl myself, I am well aware of the financial pressures that face individuals and families living in Oxford. Merton values its employees enormously and this is just one way we can show our commitment."

Professor Irene Tracey, the Warden of Merton College