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We are proud to be an accredited London Living Wage employer. This means that all our staff, whether directly employed, agency or contracted, are paid at or above the real London Living Wage, including our student staff who work in the bars, cafes and shops.

The London Living Wage is not a legal requirement, but we believe it is an ethical one. It is calculated annually according to the basic cost of living, and constitutes the minimum pay workers in London need to live above the poverty line. It is higher than the national real Living Wage, to reflect the higher cost of living in London, and almost 40% higher than the minimum wage (which the government have recently, and rather confusingly rebranded as living wage!) .

“Over 10,000 London families have been lifted out of working poverty as a direct result of the Living Wage”
- Professor Jane Wills, Queen Mary University of London

Poverty pay, i.e. a wage which is too low to live on, is rife across London. It is one of the reasons the welfare budget is as high as it is: the government is forced to subsidise workers’ pay just so that they can afford food, shelter and clothing.

Queen Mary University of London was the first university to implement the LLW, and research from its academics was key to bringing the cleaners back in-house in 2008. Meanwhile, cleaners at SOAS and Birkbeck were successfully fighting for fair pay, which left UCL the only university in Bloomsbury to not pay the LLW in 2010. In September 2010, after pressure from UCL academicsstudents and the Union, UCL finally agreed to implement the wage. At the same time, we passed a policy to implement the LLW for our own staff, including all student staff.