Living Wage accreditation for University

The University has now met all the criteria required for Living Wage accreditation.           

In 2015, the University made a commitment to become an accredited Living Wage employer through the phased accreditation route, to demonstrate our commitment to paying a fair wage to all staff: employees, workers and contractors who work regularly on our premises.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated according to the basic cost of living, and is intended to allow people to provide for themselves and their families. It is reviewed annually and currently stands at £8.45 per hour.

Since 2011 the University has taken action to ensure that all those employed by the central University have been paid the Living Wage, and we have now also successfully moved all contracts for services to a Living Wage basis too.

This step means that we have now met the last milestone in the accreditation process, and that all those who work regularly on our premises will receive a wage calculated to enable them to live in Oxford, even if they have a different employer.

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said: “It’s fantastic news that the Living Wage milestones have been reached at Oxford. Becoming an accredited Living Wage employer is a real commitment; now everyone working at the University of Oxford, including sub-contracted employees, will be paid at least the real Living Wage. 

“The University of Oxford joins more than 3,000 accredited Living Wage employers; responsible organisations sharing our vision that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay.”