London Living Wage lifted to £8.80 an hour

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a 25p increase in the London Living Wage, from £8.55 to £8.80 an hour.

The wage, which is adopted by firms on an optional basis, has already led to higher pay for around 11,500 workers in the capital since its introduction in 2005.

The living wage, which is higher than the legal minimum wage, has also risen outside London, from £7.45 to £7.65 an hour.

Johnson said: “By building motivated, dedicated workforces, the living wage helps businesses to boost the bottom line and ensures that hard-working people who contribute to London’s success can enjoy a decent standard of living.”

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