Leading London firms commit to paying the living wage

November 21, 2012 Leading London law firms including Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Olswang have committed to pay the living wage to their lowest-paid staff, including all outsourced employees. The firms have joined around 100 companies accredited over the past year by the Living Wage Foundation.

The living wage stands at £8.55 per hour in London and £7.45 outside the city, and represents an improvement on the the current minimum wage of £6.19 per hour.

Matt Sparkes, Linklaters' global head of corporate responsibility, commented: ‘It is not just the right thing to do, it makes absolute business sense. It ensures that we attract and retain the best and most motivated people, whether directly employed by us or by others. We want good people and the living wage is an excellent way of getting and keeping them.’

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