Living Hours

Providing security of hours alongside a real Living Wage.

The campaign for a real Living Wage has ensured hundreds of thousands of workers are earning a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. But millions of low paid workers are also struggling to get the hours they need to make ends meet. That’s why the Living Wage Foundation has developed a new standard of what good looks like for those employers that can offer ‘Living Hours’ alongside a real Living Wage. 

The solution: Living Hours alongside a real Living Wage

We have developed a new Living Hours standard that sets out what good looks like. It calls on employers to provide the right to:

  • Decent notice periods for shifts: of at least 4 weeks’ notice, with guaranteed payment if shifts are cancelled within this notice period
  • The right to a contract that reflects accurate hours worked
  • A guaranteed minimum of 16 hours a week (unless the worker requests otherwise)

This will be underpinned by a new Living Hours accreditation programme with dedicated support for employers.

For more information on our Living Hours programme, please contact: or fill out the webform below.

The Living Hours Index

The Living Hours Index provides an important new perspective on insecure work which shows that irregular working hours often lead to insecure and precarious working practices which negatively impact employees. 


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