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The Real Living Wage

In July 2020, Sunderland City Council was accredited by Citizens UK and the Living Wage Foundation as a 'UK Living Wage Employer'.

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by organisations and businesses who believe their staff deserve a fair day's pay for a hard day's work. The Real Living Wage, which is calculated on actual living cots, is higher than the National Living Wage.

As a Real Living Wage Employer, Sunderland City Council has committed to:

  • Pay the real UK Living Wage to all directly employed staff over the age of 18 years
  • Ensure all our third-party contracted and sub-contracted regular, on-site staff are paid the real UK Living Wage
  • Increase the wages of these employees and contracted staff to the Living Wage, if appropriate, within six months of any rise in the calculated Living Wage rates

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