30 October 2013
National Assembly for Wales Research Service
The Living Wage is intended to reflect the amount of money an individual needs to earn to live a decent life. As opposed to the National Minimum Wage, it is a voluntary measure that employers choose to sign up to, rather than enforceable by law. Though many agree with the Living Wage in principle, commentators differ on the extent to which its uptake could, or should, be broadened. This paper answers key questions people may have about the Living Wage, including how it is calculated, who pays it, and what people have done to try and encourage its uptake among employers.