Liverpool John Moores University receives living wage accreditation

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.

The university, which employs around 2,500 members of staff, has committed to paying permanent employees and third-party contractors at least the living wage rate of £8.25 an hour.

The voluntary rate is calculated according to the basic cost of living and is updated annually. It is distinct from the government’s national living wage rate of £7.20 an hour, which is mandatory for employees aged 25 and over.

Professor Philip Vickerman, executive director to the vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and enhancements at LJMU, said: “This is a significant step for LJMU because becoming accredited as a living wage employer means that our staff have the opportunity to earn enough to provide for themselves and their families.

“It is important for us as a large employer in the city to welcome the new hourly rate and encourage other organisations to do the same, especially in highlighting the benefits, which include boosting staff morale, increasing productivity and job fulfilment, and satisfying stakeholders that employees are always paid a fair wage.”