Council Supports Living Wage

Belfast City Council is set to become the first council in Northern Ireland to be a Living Wage employer.

The decision taken at the Strategic Policy & Resources committee will now go forward for ratification at the full council meeting scheduled for this Thursday, 1 May.

Currently 42 of the 2,600 staff (1.6%) employed by Belfast City Council earn a basic hourly rate which is less than the living wage hourly rate of £7.65. Their posts will now be re-designed and re-evaluated to bring them in line with the living wage.

The estimated cost to the council will be around £56,000 per year, but – as this will be drawn from existing budgets – there will be no extra cost to the ratepayer.

Trade unions have been consulted and are in agreement with the proposed approach.

The proposal received unanimous support from all political parties.


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