What are the benefits of accreditation?


By paying the real Living Wage, employers are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what the Living Wage campaign is trying to achieve and why great businesses and organisations choose to go further than the government minimum. As well as it being the right thing to do, there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the business benefits of becoming a Living Wage employer.

Accredited employers display the Living Wage Employer Mark to recognise their commitment to the Living Wage. This includes a plaque, merchandise and digital assets to demonstrate that they are a responsible employer to their staff and networks. The employer will also be listed on the Living Wage Foundation website and employer map, with their accreditation often recognised in the media.

Why Accredit?

Public commitment to fair pay
Certified by the Living Wage Foundation
Annual pay increases linked to cost of living

Living Wage accreditation also ensures that all subcontracted staff are also paid enough to live on, ensuring that low pay can't just be outsourced.

All Living Wage employers:

  • Appear on our website and searchable map so that consumers, prospective employees, students and funders can easily see who pays a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living.
  • Can access to guidance on implementing the Living Wage through procurement, including templates, clauses and case studies.
  • Have the opportunity to work with us on press coverage to promote their commitment to a real Living Wage. 
  • Get the right to use the Living Wage Employer Mark. 
  • Receive a Living Wage Employer plaque.
  • Receive a Living Wage Week pack with materials and guidance on how to be part of the national celebrations.
  • Are kept up to date through our regular newsletter which has the latest developments on the Living Wage campaign, as well as news about the rate.
  • Can get Living Wage merchandise including tote bags, pens and badges. 

We  offer a sliding scale of annual accreditation fees based on organisation size, which deliberately includes a low rate for smaller organisations to make it accessible. Our fees are based on analysis of  similar ethical accreditations and we feel that they compare favourably. All fees go straight back into supporting and developing the independent movement of businesses, organisations and people campaigning on the principle that a fair day's work deserves a fair day's pay.

Employer Case Studies

Living Wage Employers can really benefit from accreditation by promoting their commitment far and wide. 

We asked some of our accredited employers what they've done to celebrate their accreditation and really make the most of being part of the Living Wage movement. 

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Matt Sparkes
It is not just the right thing to do, it makes absolute business sense. It ensures that we attract and retain the best and most motivated people, whether directly employed by us or by others. We want good people and the Living Wage is an excellent way of getting and keeping them.