Making Cardiff a Living Wage City
Cardiff was recognised as a Living Wage City as part of the ‘Making Living Wage Places’ scheme in 2019. In 2015, Cardiff Council became a Living Wage accredited employer. To achieve this accreditation, a group of prominent Cardiff employers joined forces to form the Cardiff Living Wage Action Group and launched a three year action plan to make Cardiff a Living Wage City.
Total number of workers employed by Living Wage employers
Total number of workers uplifted to the Living Wage
Over 7500 workers in Cardiff have been uplifted to the real Living Wage as a result of Cardiff based employers accrediting
There are currently 144 Cardiff Living Wage employers signed to the scheme and the city is well on the way to exceeding their initial three-year action plan.
Making Cardiff a Living Wage City is a collaborative effort. The Steering Group overseeing progress on the action plan includes representatives from Cardiff University, C3SC, Cardiff and Value Credit Union, Capital Law, Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the TUC.
The Living Wage City Action Plan includes:
- Increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers to 150 by 2022.
- Increasing the number of people working for accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 by 2022.
- Encouraging major employers, iconic employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.
- Supporting small businesses to accredit through the Council’s Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme.
Impact across cardiff
Cardiff University has estimated that an additional £36m has been paid to workers in Cardiff as a result of Living Wage accreditations by Cardiff based employers.
Learn more about the need for Living Wage accreditation in Cardiff, employers’ reasons for accrediting, the impact of the Living Wage on workers and the journey to making Cardiff a Living Wage City in this video filmed in October 2020.
Call to action
If you a Cardiff-based organisation that has not yet accredited and would like to do so please contact us, we are at hand to support you through all stages of accreditation.
Accreditation Support Scheme for Cardiff SMEs and VCSEs
For more information on the Living Wage in Cardiff and details of the Council’s Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme please visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/livingwage