Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign

The prevalence of low paying work in the UK means that many working people lack the money they require to meet their basic needs and to participate fully in society. This is one the reasons why in-work poverty is so high in this country, including in Greater Manchester.

GMLW Infographic in-work poverty for GM Poverty Action


The Real Living Wage can play an important role in addressing low pay and boosting household income. The Real Living Wage is an hourly payrate set by campaigners that reflects the real cost of living in a way that the statutory minimum set by government doesn’t.

Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) hosts the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign. This involves advocating for widespread adoption of the Real Living Wage by employers across the city region.

The Campaign’s mission has always been to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage City Region. In 2021, that became Greater Manchester’s mission. GMPA is helping to make this a reality. There were just 26 Real Living Wage accredited employers in Greater Manchester when the GM Living Wage Campaign started. By the end of June 2021 there were over 360.

To find out more about which employers in Greater Manchester are already paying the Real Living Wage click here.


GMLW Infographic No of LW employers for GM Poverty ActionFurther information

To get involved in the campaign or to discuss your organisation becoming an accredited employer, please contact us.

To find out more about the Real Living Wage please visit the Living Wage Foundation website. The Foundation promotes this agenda nationally and sets the new hourly living wage payrates each autumn. There is information about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer here.



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Updates on the Greater Manchester campaign are published in Greater Manchester Poverty Action’s fortnightly newsletter  – which if you don’t already receive you can subscribe to here. If you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.

Greater Manchester Real Living Wage Campaign Update

Living Wage Week 2021

As I write this we are into day two of Living Wage Week and its a special celebration as its the 20th anniversary of the launch of the national Real Living Wage Campaign.  We’ve got an awful lot to celebrate in Greater Manchester. Since our city region campaign started, the number of accredited Real Living Wage employers here has increased from 26 to over 360.

Andy Burnham & John Hacking for GM Poverty Action

Greater Manchester Mayor
Andy Burnham with the GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

At the first Living Wage Week event at the People’s History Museum on Monday November 15th, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, launched the campaign to make GM the UK’s first Real Living Wage City Region. In recent months the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign has been working with the Mayor and other partners to develop an Action Plan to make this a reality. At the event on Monday Andy Burnham formally announced the launch of that Action Plan and urged every sector in GM to get involved in delivering it over the next three years.

At the same event, the new Real Living Wage rate was announced. It will be £9.90 across the UK (and £11.05 in London), and all employees should be on the new rate by May 2022.

The final event this week is one we are jointly hosting with Mustard Tree on Friday. Both myself and GMPA CEO Graham Whitham will be speaking. Please come along! The details are as follows:

Friday November 19th, 2pm – 4pm, The Mustard Tree, M4 6AG – come along to celebrate the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in promoting and adopting the Real Living Wage. There are more details on the Mustard Tree website and to register please email Jack at Mustard Tree.

John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign Coordinator John Hacking

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

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We look forward to seeing you at local campaign events in the future.


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