We are delighted to announce that we have made our commitment to the real Living Wage official and now have the real Living Wage accreditation!

All staff at Emmaus Bristol already receive the real Living Wage, which currently stands at a minimum of £12 per hour, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which is currently £10.42.

The real Living Wage is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, and we will increase our minimum wage each year as the Foundation increases the living wage.

Commenting on our new accreditation, our Chief Executive Jessica said:

“Emmaus Bristol has been paying the real Living Wage as a minimum for years, so it’s great to finally recognise that publicly. Fair wages and secure employment contracts are vital in preventing homelessness and in helping people move on from homelessness.”

National Living Wage vs real Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. It is voluntarily paid by over 14,000 UK organisations who believe their staff deserves a wage that meets everyday needs. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 460,000 people.

In November 2023, The Government announced their new ‘National Living Wage’ rates for 2024 as £11.44 an hour, and have adjusted this to include over 21-year-olds. This won’t come into effect until April 2024, and even when it does come into effect, will still be £1,092 a year short of what a worker on the real Living Wage would earn, and £3,334.5 less than a worker on the London Living Wage.

To find out more about the real Living Wage or to sign up as an employer, visit