Only four companies in Jersey have signed up to become living wage employers, after a campaign of more than a year to increase pay.
It means employees will earn a minimum of £9.75.
Campaigners say the voluntary increase is an effective way to reduce in-work poverty.
The figure is higher than the UK-wide rate of £8.45, due to a higher cost of living in the island.
The rate is calculated on the amount of money needed to live on without relying on benefits.
Meanwhile the current minimum wage in Jersey is £7.18 an hour.