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) runs 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 April 2022 there were over 460.

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.



Latest news

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

The work to make GM a Real Living Wage City Region is continuing apace. A number of subgroups continue to meet to progress work in various sectors including the Campaign subgroup which is co-chaired by GMPA and GM Citizens. It met on the March 23rd and is planning a series of actions and events during the remainder of 2022. If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved in the Campaign subgroup please contact GM Living Wage Campaign Co-ordinator John Hacking.

On the April 5th John Hacking met with Sophie Little from the Living Wage Foundation to get an update on progress being made to achieve the targets set for the GM City Region Real Living Wage Action Plan. Sophie said: “This past month we’ve seen a brilliant increase in the number of accredited Living Wage employers in Greater Manchester, with 22 new accreditations and a grand total of 466 accredited employers. Notable new accreditations include The Fed and Neil Johnson Cleaning Ltd., where most of the workforce will receive an uplift to the Real Living Wage.” The number of accredited Living Hours employers in Greater Manchester is also growing. To find out more about Living Hours click here.

The Fed Becomes an Accredited Real Living Wage Employer. As reported in previous newsletter updates the GMLWC is pleased to have played a part in the journey that the large social care provider, The Fed, has been on to become the latest Real Living Wage accredited employer in Bury. Its great news that on the April 4th that journey culminated in an event where The Fed received their official accreditation and celebrated over 280 of their workforce receiving an uplift worth an average of £1602 per annum. Members of The Fed’s Porters, Catering, and The Fed GMLW cake for GM Poverty ActionCare teams cut a commemorative cake to mark The Fed’s inclusion as a Real Living Wage employer. Mark Cunningham The Fed CEO reflected on the difference the Real Living Wage will make to staff and the organisation as a whole. “We are one of around 20 employers in Bury now paying the real living wage and we are hoping to see that figure increase, but we’re setting an example and leading the way.”

John Hacking, GMLWC coordinator for GM Poverty Action

John Hacking, GMLWC Coordinator



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.


The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is run by Greater Manchester Poverty Action.

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