Currently set at £7.85 per hour outside London, the Living Wage is calculated annually and proposed by the Living Wage Foundation to reflect the basic cost of living across the UK.
The voluntary agreement commits Living Wage employers not only to paying all their own employees at a level equal to or greater than this hourly rate, but also to ensuring all major contractors placing their workers on site do the same.
The University informally adopted the policy two years ago and has now officially extended its pay-scale rules to cover all staff.
“Achieving accreditation as a Living Wage employer is clearly in tune with the University’s values and ethos of inclusivity,” said Professor Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester.
“We are proud to show our commitment to all individuals, University of Winchester students and staff alike, so it’s fitting to be able to make this public statement.
“By officially embracing the principle of paying a Living Wage to all, we can be sure that everyone who works here is fairly remunerated for their valuable contribution to our community,” said Professor Carter.