Thousands of Sheffield workers are now being paid above the national living wage with city leaders calling for more businesses to follow suit.
Sheffield Council has confirmed it will be paying a minimum of £8.25 per hour to all of its workers from April - £1.05 more than was set by Government as a new minimum wage and announced earlier this year.
The council adopted a ‘living wage’ for its employees two years ago.
Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Resources at Sheffield City Council, said: “Life below the living wage is hard and is a life of wants and worries for many workers and their families.
“That is why we adopted a living wage for our staff and encourage our contractors to pay it, as well as promoting the living wage to all businesses in Sheffield. What this means is more people cooking our children’s meals in schools, maintaining the city’s streets and roads and repairing council homes are paid a fair wage.
“We have demonstrated our commitment and support to our own lower paid workers. I know employers and businesses are operating in difficult circumstances but I would urge others to do the same.”