Leading London firms agree to pay above minimum wage

November 22, 2010 The Evening Standard has launched a new initiative called the London Living Wage Scheme, which encourages firms and companies to guarantee staff a minimum rate of pay of £7.85 per hour - £2 an hour above the official minimum wage.

Several leading London law firms have signed up to scheme, including Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Linklaters, Norton Rose, SJ Berwin, and Slaughter and May.

Some firms have decided to give the scheme a miss, such as CMS Cameron McKenna, which stated that whilst its contractors had "increased their employees' minimum level of pay... this is slightly below £7.85 per hour".

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