Times Higher Education report:

As the UK Living Wage was increased by 20p to £7.65 an hour and by 25p to £8.80 an hour in London, the National Union of Students and Unison published data on the extent of low pay at British universities, which showed 12,592 university employees were paid less than the voluntary rate last year.

Some 80 institutions pay less than the Living Wage, which is set independently and is based on the amount required for minimum living standards, according to the data obtained from higher education institutions via the Freedom of Information Act.

Both bodies are calling for universities to become accredited Living Wage institutions.

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