Living Wages are paid

What you should do - eti

The requirements under the ETI Base code. The only elements here are those which go over and above the legal requirements discussed in 'What you must do - law'

For all workers wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate.

In practice this means:

  • Work has not been carried out on what a living wage would be around the UK.
    As a guide, research suggests that a living wage in London is £7.20 per hour.

  • Talk to your workers and ask them if they are able to:

    • Afford necessities such as rent, bills food etc

    • Have leisure time and money to spend on it

    • Save

    • Send money home to family

  • If workers are not able to do these things, it is likely that they are not earning a living wage.

You should investigate ways of improving wages through productivity or efficiency improvements. This will allow you to improve the way your business is run, and attract skilled and committed workers.

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