From today, Brighton & Hove City Council will become an accredited Living Wage Employer.
Last year a council committee approved plans to pay all council staff the UK Living Wage rate of £7.45 an hour.
A living wage is defined as enough to provide someone with the basic necessities and comforts of life.
The UK minimum wage is currently £6.19 an hour for someone aged over 21.
Under the scheme, 128 permanent staff will benefit - 98 of whom work in the city's schools - plus staff who work for the council on a casual basis. The council will also be looking at its contractual arrangements to try and make sure that those who work on the council's behalf benefit as well.