Labour market change

Concept and practice of a living wage

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03 Aralık 2018
Yayında
30 Kasım 2018
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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A living wage has been defined as a measure of income that allows an employee a basic but socially acceptable standard of living. In recent decades, living wage initiatives have emerged in a small number of mainly English-speaking countries, including the UK and Ireland. These initiatives have developed in response to the inadequacy of income for many working households reliant on existing statutory minimum wage rates. They set out a methodology for calculating a wage that would allow wage earners and their dependents to live with dignity, in line with the fair wage provisions set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted in 2017. This report aims to provide policymakers with a practical guide to the living wage concept. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    72
    Reference No: 
    EF18064
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1784-7
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-05-18-073-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/980038
    Catalogue info

    Concept and practice of a living wage

    A living wage has been defined as a measure of income that allows an employee a basic but socially acceptable standard of living. In recent decades, living wage initiatives have emerged in a small number of mainly English-speaking countries, including the UK and Ireland. These initiatives have developed in response to the inadequacy of income for many working households reliant on existing statutory minimum wage rates.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF180641
    Catalogue info

    Concept and practice of a living wage - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    A living wage has been defined as ‘a measure of income that allows an employee a basic but socially acceptable standard of living’ (United Kingdom Living Wage Commission). Living wage campaigns have been launched since the 1990s in an effort to achieve pay increases for the low-paid. These initiatives calculate the income required to achieve a basic standard of living, taking into account existing levels of state transfers. They do so generally on the basis of representative citizen input via focus groups, using the methods of minimum income standard research. These exercises are intended to reflect a social consensus on the standard ‘basket of goods and services’ that every household purchases. When this is calculated, living wages are invariably higher than the relevant statutory minimum wage. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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