All staff to receive living wage under new pay structure

Newcastle Civic Centre
Newcastle Civic Centre

Hundreds of Newcastle City council staff are set to benefit from the local authority’s continued commitment to paying all its employees a living wage.

From April, the council will pay its lowest-paid staff a salary which will match with the Real Living Wage rate of pay.

This means approximately 650 members of staff will be paid at least £9.00 per hour from April 2019. In addition, a total of approximately 1,400 staff will receive an increase in wages above 2% as a result of moving to a new pay structure. 

It follows on from Newcastle being the first council to set up a Fairness Commission and introducing a Newcastle Living Wage as a result.

With associated employers such as Your Homes Newcastle and many schools encouraged to follow the example of Newcastle City Council, many other workers in the city could also soon benefit.

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to make sure people who work tirelessly for the good of this city will see their wages rise to match with the Real Living Wage.

“This is a really significant step towards achieving social justice for some of the lowest paid workers in our city.

“We are doing our bit at Newcastle Council and I would urge other employers across the city to follow.

“In our commitment to a living wage we show that we are not prepared to accept pay levels that keep people in poverty.”

In November 2012, Newcastle City Council became one of the first councils to introduce a local living wage – the Newcastle Living Wage – which was aligned with the Real Living Wage and adjusted this year.