Oxford City Council has announced a new Oxford Living Wage rate of £10.02 an hour, which will apply from April 2019.
The Oxford Living Wage is the minimum wage the council pays its staff and agency workers. The council also expects all contractors with contracts over £100,000 to pay the Oxford Living Wage to their staff and subcontractors.
The Oxford Living Wage is based on the Living Wage, an hourly pay rate which is calculated for the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) and updated every October. The LWF sets two rates, one for London and one for the rest of the country.
Because of the high costs of living in Oxford, the Oxford Living Wage is higher than the Living Wage, and it is set at 95 percent of the London Living Wage.
The voluntary Living Wage is enough to ensure that employees and their families can live free from poverty. Employers who sign up to the Living Wage commit to pay it to all staff over 18 who work regularly on their premises. This includes employed, contracted and subcontracted staff.
The council’s announcement comes at the start of Living Wage Week, when the LWF sets its new rates for London and the rest of the country.
This Thursday, 8 November, the council and LWF are holding a joint event at Saïd Business School to promote the benefits of the Living Wage for Oxford, its employers and its people.
Councillor Martyn Rush, Living Wage Champion for Oxford City Council, said: “Oxford needs a pay rise, and we are proud to announce the new Oxford Living Wage of £10.02 an hour. Oxford City Council commits to continuing to pay this as a minimum wage to all our staff and agency workers.
“The Oxford Living Wage helps our employees afford to live with dignity. It also helps the council by improving staff motivation and retention, enabling us to provide better customer service.
“A number of other local employers already pay the Oxford Living Wage, including Oxford Bus Company, Campion Hall, Blackfriars College and My Life My Choice. Oxford City Council encourages other employers in Oxford to follow their lead and adopt the Oxford Living Wage.”