UEA is to join the voluntary Living Wage scheme and will pay its employees the voluntary living wage rate of £9.00 an hour from 1 April 2019.

The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay, calculated according to the basic costs of living. It is currently set at £9.00 an hour for employees across the UK. It is updated annually and employers pay it on a voluntary basis.

The Living Wage Foundation announces living wage rates in the first week of November each year and once accredited, the university will be committed to implementing that rate in common with other voluntary living wage employers

Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “Here at UEA we know all our staff, across our faculties and our professional services, are essential for the continued success of our university and the experience of our students.

“We believe signing up to the real Living Wage is the right thing to do by our staff and it will not only benefit more than 300 UEA employees but also the wider community as well.”

Amanda Chenery-Howes from UEA Unison, added: “Unison applauds and supports UEA’s decision to pay The Living Wage, a welcome boost for the staff at the bottom of the pay structure. This is a positive move in the right direction of what we hope will lead to UEA eventually becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.”

For more information about the Living Wage Foundation please visit the website   www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage 

Frequently asked questions about the Living Wage scheme