Over 250,000 people who work for an employer who has voluntarily signed up to the "real living wage" are set for a pay boost of 20p to £9.50 an hour and by 10p in London to £10.85.
This is not to be confused with the compulsory National Living Wage, which is currently £8.72 an hour for anyone over the age of 25.
The increase is designed to help workers and families through the pandemic. Over 800 more employers have accredited with the Living Wage Foundation since the start of lockdown, including Tate and Lyle, Network Rail, Capital One and the All England Lawn Tennis Club. They join a network of almost 7,000 employers across the UK who are already paying this recommended rate to ensure all staff earn a wage that meets the real cost of living, and covers everyday needs.
The increase should be implemented as soon as possible but in any event within six months.