// Lush increases wages for UK staff in lined with real living wage findings
// Workers aged 18 and above will now receive a wage of £10.90 per hour
Cosmetics retailer Lush has increased its wages for UK-based staff in line with the Real Living Wage findings this month.
The new pay, which is set by the Living Wage Foundation, is based on the true cost of living.
Workers over the age of 18 in the UK will receive a minimum of £10.90 per hour, with staff based in London receiving £11.95 as per the London Living Wage.
The National Living Wage is currently sat at £10.18 per hour for under 23s and £10.42 per hour for over 23s – with no increase for London weighting.
“I have worked for Lush and earned the real living wage for almost 6 years, since the age of 16,” a sales assistant said.
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|The extra income has allowed me to afford things that others my age have struggled to, including buying a car and moving out of my parents house.
“Earning the real living wage has also allowed me to go to university and live comfortably while training to be a paramedic.
“It’s vital that people are paid in line with the cost of living, so that they can live comfortably without worries.”
As the cost-of-living crisis rages on, Lush finance director Kim Coles highlighted the growing importance of paying employees the Living Wage.
“Lush staff making and selling our products are crucial to our success and we continue to commit to the rate to ensure that, as the cost of living continues to rise, we can be confident that our rates of pay are fair and that our staff can afford what they need to thrive, not just to survive,” she added.
Lush was awarded as “Industry Trailblazer” for paying the Real Living Wage at the Living Wage Foundation Champion Awards 2022, following 10 years of paying staff the Real Living Wage in the UK.
The award aims to recognise Lush’s efforts to go above and beyond paying their staff the Real Living Wage.