Cost of living crisis

£10.50 is the new hourly rate from April 2022

As new Oxford Living Wage comes into force Inflation is spiralling out of control!

Please join the Oxford and District TUC May Day Demonstration in protest against the cost of living increases.

Assemble 12 noon Sat 30 April, at the Wesley Memorial Chapel, New Inn Hall Street to march to Cowley.

Workshop to follow at the St Clements Family Centre, Cross St, Oxford OX4 1DA

Oxford Living Wage increases to £10.50 an hour.

Nov 19 2021 This week the Real Living Wage increases were announced.

The National Real Living Wage is set for £9.90 an hour in the UK and £11.05 an hour in London. 

Oxford City Council sets its Living Wage at 95% of the London rate – that is £10.50 an hour.

Those working a 37 hour work week would get a weekly wage of £388.5 or a yearly wage of £20,202. This compares with a legal minimum wage (NLW for over 23 year olds) of £9.50 an hour from April 2022. 

Over a year those receiving the Oxford Living Wage on a 37 hour work week will be £1924 better off* than if they were on the legal minimum. 

At a UK level £4.8 million workers (one in six) are paid less than the real living wage. 

The council lists some 45 local organisations paying the Oxford living wage. 

This pay graph below from the Financial Times shows that the living wage is now a growing movement affecting the lives of about a third of a million workers.

“Clearly the council is to be congratulated on its work with employers – what is less encouraging is the non involvement of local unions who will be key to monitoring the rollout and will be able to use this as a base for future negotiations. Strengthened engagement with local campaigners is also key to maintaining this social movement.”   

Wage Rates April 2022

£10.50 hour (about £20,000 a year for a full time job) Oxford Living Wage from April 2022

£9.50 Legal National Living Wage (23+)

£9.18 Legal National Minimum Wage (21-22)

£6.83 Legal National Minimum Wage (18-20)

£4.81 Legal National Minimum Wage (under 18)

Unsure about Vaccination?

The Living Wage campaign is supporting the initiative to discuss vaccination. We know that COVID has had a big impact on working class communities who typically live in denser housing, have fewer opportunities to work from home and are frequently employed in the ‘Gig economy’ with no job security or sick pay.

City Council continues to back Oxford Living Wage

At the meeting of the Oxford City Council on 20 July, Leader Susan Brown reaffirmed the Council’s unequivocal commitment to both pay and promote the Oxford Living Wage, stating that it should be a key part of Oxford’s economic recovery.

In response to question from the Oxford Living Wage Campaign chair, Jabu Nala-Hartley, Cllr Brown said she wanted to be ‘absolutely clear’ that the Council stood ‘firmly behind’ the Oxford Living Wage, not only committing to continue paying it to the Council’s own staff but also in promoting it more widely in the city.

The economic situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic made the Oxford Living Wage even more important than ever, Cllr Brown said. ‘If the economy is going to recover, people will need more disposable income. Paying the Oxford Living Wage means more money going to local businesses, its a virtuous circle. Its an argument we have made and will continue to make.’ Cllr Brown said that she would use her role in the Local Economic Partnership and the Oxfordshire Growth Board to push the Oxford Living Wage as part of an ‘inclusive economy’ agenda. 

Jabu Nala-Hartley had stated that now is the time to be building solidarities and Cllr Brown concurred that now is precisely the moment to address the inequalities of the city that the pandemic is in danger of reinforcing, with both agreeing that the Oxford Living Wage was a key thread in tackling this.

Ms Nala-Hartley further appealed to the meeting calling on ‘all Councillors present to take up the cause of the Oxford Living Wage, to join the campaign, and argue for the Living Wage

in their wards.’

The Oxford Living Wage is currently set at £10.21 per hour. This is the rate the Council believes is the minimum required to live sustainably in Oxford. It is reviewed every November. 28 employers, including the Oxford Bus Company and several Oxford colleges, charities and businesses, currently pay the Oxford Living Wage. In March, Oxford University made a £5.5m commitment to join the scheme. 

The Oxford Living Wage Campaign is made up of citizens, activists, faith groups and trade unionists, and works to encourage more employers to pay the Oxford Living Wage, and to help underpaid workers organise in support of it. They hold a drop-in workshop every Saturday on Zoom from 10am where anyone interested in campaigning on low pay and the Living Wage is welcome. 

Let’s make Headington a Living Wage Zone

Campaigners on the Oxford Living Wage stall in Headington.

On Saturday, the Oxford City Living Wage Campaign joined the Greater Headington branch of the Labour Party to campaign for the Oxford Living Wage in Headington. We handed out our leaflets and signed people up to the idea that Headington itself should be a Living Wage Zone – that its anchor institutions and big employers should be paying a minimum of £10.02 to all of its staff.

We will be following this up with a workshop on 14th May at the Town Hall, at 7pm, which will take us through the next steps of fighting for the Living Wage in Headington.

Successful training held

On 26th January, a successful training event was held by the Living Wage Foundation, on the lessons of the Heathrow Living Wage campaign.

In a two-hour session, organisers from the Living Wage Foundation took us through the work of West London Citizens in building the momentum necessary to turn Heathrow Airport into a London Living Wage employer.

Around thirty Oxford activists, representing unions, parties, churches, faith groups and workers attended, and began the work of applying the lessons to our city, and our campaign.

It is the first in a series of training sessions – join our campaign to be kept up to date of the upcoming activities.

You can make the change that you have the power to compel – Living Wage Foundation