Scrutiny call for evidence: Oxford Living Wage

A cross-party panel of ‘backbench’ councillors has been formed to investigate the impacts of low pay in the city and the promotion of the ‘Oxford Living Wage’.

Councillors are keen to hear from anyone who has experience or views that could help to inform their findings and recommendations, including but not limited to:

  • Low paid workers;
  • People who have benefited from being paid a living wage;
  • Large and small employers that operate in the city;
  • Business groups;
  • Agencies and faith groups that support people on low pay;
  • Trade unions.

The legal minimum hourly rates that workers can earn in the UK are set out below.  There are different minimum hourly rates for workers of different ages.  If an employee aged 25 or over works a 38 hour week on the legal minimum wage, their annual salary will be £14,434.


25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18

Hourly rate





Salary (38 hour week)





Oxford has been identified as being one of the least affordable cities in the UK in which to live because the high cost of housing is out of step with local wages.

The Living Wage Foundation promotes the payment of the Living Wage, which is based on the cost of living and is currently £8.45 per hour outside of London and £9.75 per hour in London.

The City Council has set a separate “Oxford Living Wage” which is currently £9.26 an hour.  If an employee works a 38 hour week, this would mean annual pay of £18,303.

The Oxford Living Wage is paid to all council staff and agency workers working for the Council.   The Council also requires its major contractors to ensure that their employees who are working on Council projects are also paid the Oxford Living Wage. 

To give us your views, please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    12 Oct 2017 at 00:00
  • Closed
    10 Nov 2017 at 23:59
  • Response Published


Area Covered Barton And Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill And Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Jericho And Osney, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, North, Northfield Brook, Quarry And Risinghurst, Rose Hill And Iffley, St Clement's, St Margaret's, St Mary's, Summertown, Wolvercote
Who we are consulting City Councillors, Community Groups, Disability groups, General Public, Housing tenants, Resident Groups, Social Housing Tenants, Voluntary Sector
Who we are consulting (others) businesses, trade unions, faith groups
Who we are consulting (committees)
Methods Used Online Consultations
Contact Details

Andrew Brown

Scrutiny Officer

Tel: 01865 252230