Ikea commit to paying above living wage

Ikea commit to paying above living wage

Ikea has become the first national retailer in the UK to commit to paying over the living wage when it is introduced next year.

The furniture chain has promised to pay all of its 9,000 UK staff a minimum of £7.85 an hour from April 2016.

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Comments (2)

  • Clare
    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 1:13pm BST
    My husband has battled to keep his micro-business afloat through the recession, and keep his 4 employees in work. He can only afford to pay the minimum wage (currently £6.50), but hopes in the future to improve it. A compulsory wages increase of 11% next April is the last straw and it's likely he will have to close the business and 4 people will be unemployed. The Government should consider all levels of business and employment, not just the giants who can afford to pay this increase.
  • Dave
    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:23am BST
    I do worry about this! so many business in the UK are still struggling to stay afloat. The pressures of the employers pensions and the living wage, I tend to wonder who will actually be paying for all of these...My belief is YOU. Surly everything will increase across the board from your electricity bill, through to a simple bag of chips. So with increased costs with every penny you spend and earn, will you actually have any more money in your pocket? or will your company even have a job for you due to cost cutting needs their business's to survive? The new living wage is designed to give a better standard of living for the lower paid worker, but I also think it will have negative impact on us also. But hey, I could be wrong.