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West Ham to pay all staff the voluntary living wage

A third Premier League football club has agreed to make sure staff including cleaners and match-day workers are paid the voluntary living wage, which is higher than the statutory rate.

Around 200 workers will benefit from the announcement by West Ham United to pay direct employees and contracted staff the London hourly rate of £10.20, compared with the national living wage of £7.50 for over-25s.

The Hammers join Chelsea and Everton in being accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, which sets the voluntary rate for London, and £8.75 an hour outside the capital.

The Living Wage Foundation accreditation is something we have been working towards for a long time, including lobbying the Mayor to help encourage our landlords to commit to paying a fair day's pay, and we are over the moon to now be in a position where we can finally become a recognised Living Wage employer.

The football club isn't just made up of the 11 players on the pitch. We recognise the contribution of each and every employee at the club, and rewarding and retaining our staff is a major part of that. We take pride in the way we conduct ourselves as an organisation on and off the pitch and by doing the right thing and paying the London Living Wage, we hope this will urge other clubs to soon follow suit.

– Karren Brady, West Ham vice-chairman