We’re an accredited as Real Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF).

Accredited employers pay the real living wage on a voluntary basis. The real living wage is higher than the Government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and announced by the Living Wage Foundation. Aston University’s accreditation from the LWF will allow us to promote and encourage policies and practices where an important part of helping its staff is to lead fulfilling and rewarding working lives.

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“I am very proud of Aston University’s commitment to being an accredited Living Wage employer.”

“Paying the real living wage is the right thing for a good employer to do and is underpinned by both a strong and moral case. We have been paying our staff the real living wage since 2013, but are now committed to going further and will apply it to all our third party contracted staff to make sure that anyone working regularly for Aston University is paid the real living wage.”

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Aston University

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“We are delighted to welcome Aston University, as the first university in Birmingham to accredit as a Living Wage Employer, to our movement of over 11,000 organisations…”

“The real living wage is the UK’s only wage rate independently calculated to meet the cost of living and, for workers struggling to keep their heads above water as prices surge, it’s more important than ever before. Rising prices are eating away at all of us, but nobody is feeling the pinch more than the 4.8 million low paid workers across the UK. It’s never been more important that employers who can afford it protect those who will be most affected by price rises by paying a wage based on the cost of living. We are delighted to welcome Aston University, as the first university in Birmingham to accredit as a Living Wage Employer, to our movement of over 11,000 organisations which voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage because they believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation

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“Aston University’s commitment to paying the real living wage … sends a strong signal to partners and other local employers to follow suit.”

“Birmingham City Council is delighted that Aston University has signed up a as real living wage employer. Birmingham suffers from high levels of deprivation with 90% of wards being more deprived than the national average*. Our aim is to make Birmingham a real living wage city where everyone is paid fairly for the work they do. Aston University’s commitment to paying the real living wage is an important step in being a civic university and sends a strong signal to partners and other local employers to follow suit.”

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of Birmingham City Council

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*Indices of Deprivation 2019 and Levelling up: 40% children in Birmingham living in relative poverty as council calls for more help from the government | BirminghamWorld