Sheffield council ‘leads by example’ in signing up to living wage

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THE minimum wage for Sheffield Council employees is set to be raised.

The council passed a resolution at November’s full council meeting to introduce a ‘living wage’, but it has to be rubber-stamped by cabinet members.

Once approved, a new £7.20 an hour minimum living wage will be introduced, rising to £7.45 from April 1.

It is hoped that the living wage will be adopted through a collective agreement with local trade unions, meaning it could benefit a further 1,646 employees.

Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “A Sheffield living wage would help to reduce poverty in this city and I believe it is important the council leads by example in this area.”