Salford’s Living Wage story to date

In 2013 Salford City Council became the first local authority in Greater Manchester to pay the real Living Wage. Since then more and more Salford-based organisations and firms have followed suit.

In the same year, we also launched Salford’s Employment Standards Charter which contains a specific pledge focused on paying staff at, or working towards the Living Wage, and over 100 employers to date have committed to work towards these standards.

In 2014 Salford City Council won the first Living Wage Champion Award. These prestigious awards recognise Living Wage employers that contribute to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

In 2016 Salford’s Health and Wellbeing Board agreed to ‘work towards becoming a Living Wage health and well-being system, using evidence about the businesses and health cases for the [real] Living Wage.’

In 2017 Salford City Council and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), both accredited Living Wage employers, boosted pay to £8.30 per hour for home care workers in the city – well above the national minimum wage at the time.

Salford Health and Wellbeing Board’s work in this area has been recognised by the Living Wage Foundation at its annual national Living Wage Champion Awards when Unlimited Potential was presented with the Industry Leadership Award (June 2018) and the ‘Against All Odds’ Industry Award (June 2019).

In 2019 Salford, working with the Living Wage Foundation, launched its plan to become England’s first Living Wage city. The action group behind the plan is made up of representatives of local businesses, the council, the University of Salford and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

In 2020 all Salford care workers received another pay rise to £9 an hour from 1 October, as another step by the council and CCG towards them receiving the full real Living Wage.

This page was last updated on 6 November 2020

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