Chelsea is set to become the first English professional football club to pay the living wage.
The announcement includes a pledge that suppliers to the club will ensure their staff are also paid the living wage. It will also apply to agency employees.
The living wage, currently £7.85 per hour or £9.15 per hour in London, will be paid to all directly employed staff from January 2015. The football club added it would “start the process” of ensuring staff of external contractors were paid accordingly at the same time.
Bruce Buck, Chelsea chairman, said: “As a responsible employer we are proud of this significant achievement for the club. We believe the move to the Living Wage underlines our commitment to ensuring that all our employees receive a fair rate of pay for their hard work and dedication. Quite simply it is the right thing to do.”
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, added: “[Chelsea] realise their team is more than just the 11 men out on the pitch, and that by putting more pounds in the pockets of their staff they are signing up to a win-win scenario that rewards a hard day's work with a fair day's pay for everyone."