Cardiff as a living wage city – 20 years of the living wage event

Friday 10 November, 8:30 - 9:30am, Cardiff Business School

Since its launch twenty years ago more than 16,000 employers have signed up for the Real Living Wage, generating a pay increase for more than 350,000 employees and a total wage transfer of about £3bn. Supporting employers include FTSE-listed corporations, large public service organizations, charities and social enterprises, and thousands of small businesses.

Cardiff Business School and Cardiff University have played an important role in this journey and we are pleased to welcome our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Larner to offer some words of welcome at the outset of our Breakfast Briefing, in partnership with Cynnal Cymru and Living Wage Wales, to help to celebrate everything that the Living Wage has achieved.

We will also be joined by Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff City Council, who will discuss how the council has led a drive to make Cardiff a Living Wage City.

Then our own academics Dr Deborah HannProfessor Edmund Heery, and Dr David Nash will share key findings from their report, Twenty Years of the Living Wage: The Employer Experience, which was based on a survey conducted in 2021 of all accredited employers to gauge the impact of the Living Wage on their organizations.

An electronic copy of the report will be made available to those joining online, and we have a small number of hard copies available for anyone coming in person.

For those who want to know more about the Living Wage and the campaign to promote it, our book providing a detailed analysis of the origins and effects of the scheme has just been published. The Real Living Wage: Civil Regulation and the Employment Relationship is available from Oxford University Press and all good bookshops. The Real Living Wage – Edmund Heery, Deborah Hann, David Nash – Oxford University Press (


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