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UK voluntary living wage rises

Around 150,000 workers have received a pay rise following increases to the voluntary living wage (VLW) rate. The amount of the VLW is set by the Living Wage Foundation and is paid by around 3,500 businesses. It has risen to £8.75 an hour (an increase of 3.6%). Notable companies who have already opted to pay the VLW include Asda, Google and Ikea.