The Brighton & Hove living wage is a minimum hourly wage that takes into account certain basic costs of living. This is a voluntary commitment by employers, separate from the statutory National Minimum Wage. The new rate is announced every November during Living Wage week and businesses are given until 1 April to implement the new rate which is currently £9.90 per hour. 

Establishing a living wage for Brighton & Hove was a huge step forward in tacking inequality in the city. In October 2011, a Living Wage Commission for the city was established by the council. Public, private and voluntary sector representatives and trade unions in Brighton & Hove worked together to consider the benefits and challenges of establishing a living wage for the city. 

When surveyed, 85% of businesses said that the living wage was important for their business. If you are a business and would like to join Brighton & Hove’s Living Wage employers, you can sign up on the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign website.

We introduced the voluntary living wage for our lowest paid staff in April 2013 and we're accredited as a Living Wage employer. 

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