Living Wage Buildings

Living Wage Buildings are buildings with multiple business tenants, all of whom pay the real Living Wage to their employees and contractors.

Cardiff University’s sbarc | spark is Wales’ first Living Wage building, accredited in June 2021.

Sbarc | spark will be home to SPARK, the Social Science Research Park, where 400 researchers will share their collective expertise to solve societal challenges, and Cardiffinnovations@sbarc, the University’s centre for start-ups, spinouts and enterprise.

Cardiff University’s sbarc | spark is Wales’ first Living Wage building.

Sbarc | spark

“Sbarc | spark’s accreditation as a Living Wage Building exemplifies our research ambitions to address issues of social injustice. The Living Wage is already a focus of the University’s research. For example, Cardiff Business School academics have studied the motivations of organisations to become a Living Wage employer, how accreditation has changed their reputation and relationships, and how it has improved employee recruitment and retention.”

Professor Chris Taylor, Director of SPARK


A toolkit on tackling low-pay through local action, so that areas across the UK can begin their own Living Wage Places journey.

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