About the Living Wage for Wales

The Living Wage for Wales is a collaborative effort to promote the benefits of Living Wage accreditation for employers, workers and the economy in Wales.


Cynnal Cymru is the Living Wage Foundation’s accreditation partner for Wales, supporting employers from the public, private and voluntary sectors with the process of accreditation. Cynnal Cymru uses its employer networks and understanding of how organisations operate to help them overcome barriers to accreditation.  Cynnal Cymru also plays an important role in promotion of the Living Wage to employers.

Citizens Cymru Wales initiated the Living Wage campaign in Wales, and leads the Living Wage for Wales campaign strategy.  As the home of community organising in Wales, its diverse member organisations across Wales set goals, identify campaign targets and train community leaders and workers to take action as part of Living Wage campaigns.

The Living Wage Foundation has dedicated staff time to support accreditation and initiatives such as Living Wage Places, and to co-ordinate marketing and communications around Living Wage Week.

We also work closely with Welsh Government and champion employers such as Cardiff Council and Cardiff University.

The Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team co-ordinates the activities of organisations working to make Wales a Living Wage Economy. 

The Living Wage for Wales website is managed by Cynnal Cymru.

quick links

Knowledge hub

A knowledge hub for Living Wage accreditation and other Living Wage Foundation initiatives established or in development (e.g. funders, hours, places, pensions)

Employers directory

A searchable database and interactive map of Living Wage employers in Wales to connect Living Wage employers and help people to search and locate Living Wage employers in Wales.


A library of employer and employee stories from different industries, sectors and regions in Wales who are part of the real Living Wage network

Collaborative space

A space for collating the latest Living Wage related news, research and events

Our team

Our team are here to help and support you through the accreditation process and answer any questions you might have about the real Living Wage.


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Sarah Hopkins

Director, Fair and Just Society Programme Lead

Sarah joined the Cynnal Cymru team in January 2020 and is responsible for managing Living Wage Wales, securing income and expanding our reach across sectors, across Wales.

Sarah is passionate about living wages – she previously worked for H+M as Sustainability Manager for Cambodia and Vietnam setting sustainability strategy and supporting program leaders to lead continuous improvement in supply chains.

Talk to Sarah about: Living Wage strategy for Wales or collaborating on Living Wage work.

Fiona Humphreys

Administrative/ Accreditation Officer

Fiona brings her wide range of experience and lifelong passion for the environment and animal welfare to leading on Living Wage accreditation in Wales. This includes responding to day-to-day enquiries, growing our employer network, providing administrative support to the Leadership Team and Cardiff as a Living Wage City Steering Group and supporting on communications projects.

Talk to Fiona about: any queries on accreditation or collaborating on a case-study.

Bethan Harvey

Accreditation Officer

Bethan previously led on Living Wage Accreditation in Wales but will now have a more strategic focus– fostering relationships with employers on a place basis, widening our network across Wales and exploring different means of reaching employers.

Talk to Bethan about: Place-based or media enquiries, presenting at your organisation/event.

Mari Arthur


Former Director of Cynnal Cymru, Mari continues to support our work with the Living Wage Foundation, providing strategic support to the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team.

Talk to Mari about: Cardiff as a Living Wage City.