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Wales Office: Living Wage

Wales Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Pennycook Matthew Pennycook Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff in his Department are paid less than the London Living Wage; and what requirements his Department places on contractors to pay the London Living Wage to London-based staff.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

This Government is committed to paying people a decent living wage, which is being addressed through the statutory National Living Wage. In April 2019, the National Living Wage increased to £8.21 per hour, handing a full-time worker a further £690 annual pay rise. By 2024 the National Living Wage will rise to £10.50 per hour, reaching 66% of median UK earnings. The scope will be expanded to everyone aged 21 and over and is expected to benefit over 4 million low paid workers.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is not an employer in its own right and so has no direct employees nor does it contract for outsourced staff. Staff at the Office are Ministry of Justice (MoJ) employees and agency staff are engaged through MoJ contracts. No MoJ employees nor any agency staff working at the Wales Office are paid less than the London Living Wage.

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