Welcome to the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign

We are a coalition of people and organisations who want to make Greater Manchester a Living Wage Zone; to challenge low pay; to put Living Wage policy and a culture of social equality at the heart of how Greater Manchester works.

What is it?

      • A voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually
      • The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK
      • The current UK Living Wage is £9.30 an hour (£10.75 an hour in London)
      • Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis
      • The Living Wage enjoys cross party support
      • Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society
      • The Living Wage Employer Mark and Service Provider Recognition Scheme provide an ethical badge for responsible pay

Please visit our partners the Living Wage Foundation for more information, including how to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Latest news

October 14th, 2020

The last few days has seen the really good news that Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Real Living Wage Employer. MMU joins The University of Manchester, Salford University and Bolton University as accredited Real Living Wage Employers in the Higher Education sector. This means that all four of Greater Manchester’s universities are now accredited Living Wage Employers. Read more details about MMU’s accreditation here. A big thanks, and well done, to all who have campaigned to achieve this outcome and bring real benefits to some of Greater Manchester’s low paid workers.

Over the previous few months we have been discussing with our partners and supporters of the GM Living Wage Campaign, a range of issues relating to the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on our GM economy and what the future looks like and how we #buildbackbetter. We have developed a series of podcasts which we hope will stimulate debate about how we put the #better into #buildbackbetter. These podcasts are in a series of three entitled ‘Decent Work, Poverty, and the Real Living Wage in the Post Lockdown GM Economy’. The first of these podcasts featuring GMLWC Coordinator John Hacking in conversation with GM Mayor Andy Burnham has been available for a few weeks. The remaining two podcasts are now available to listen to on our website in the section ‘Podcasts’. One of the new podcasts is an interview with Graham Whitham about our work across GMPA and the Living Wage Campaign and the second podcast is GMLWC Co-ordinator John Hacking in conversation with representatives of the Manchester Poverty Truth Commission about the impact of the pandemic, and the lockdown, on those with lived experience of poverty. There is an additional podcast available in which Professor Ed Heery, a leading expert on the Living Wage, talks about its extent and impact.

All GMPA podcasts can be found here.

Just a note for your diaries. Living Wage Week this year will take place week commencing November 9th and as always the GMLWC  with be involved in a range of events. Although it promises to be different from previous years, we are still looking forward to getting involved and we would like to hear from you about any plans or ideas you have. Please contact GMLWC Co-ordinator John Hacking.

John Hacking GM Living Wage coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Best Wishes and Stay Safe.

GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator
John Hacking

Twitter : @GMlivingwage  Facebook: www.facebook.com/gmlivingwage

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. You can also read the previous GM Living Wage campaign articles here and if you would like to receive information on the campaign directly please sign up by emailing the campaign coordinator.

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


Our previous campaign news is archived here and if you wish, you can donate to the campaign here.

The Greater Manchester Living Wage campaign is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.

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