Real living wage critical for health

Employers paying staff a real living wage or above can protect and support good health and wellbeing for both the individual and society as a whole, experts at Public Health Wales have said.

The wider determinants of health team at Public Health Wales have stated that supporting a living wage for employees is more important now than ever. Especially for workers faced with the cost of living crisis and for employers in the health and social care sector struggling to recruit and retain staff.

Sufficient pay is a fundamental part of ‘Fair work’ – where workers are fairly rewarded, heard and represented, secure and able to progress in a healthy, inclusive environment where rights are respected.

Fair work is a critical building block for good health and well-being, allowing people to eat healthier, afford better housing and make healthier choices in life.

And a healthy engaged workforce contributes to business productivity and societal prosperity.

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