Living Wage

Living Wage

An estimated 95% of domestic employees in South Africa earn less than what they need to live off.  Millions of men and women, whilst employed, are trapped in the cycle of poverty.  And in this context, Christ-followers who are employers are to actively discern how their faith shapes the way they employ and remunerate.

These resources are intended to shine a light on the various things that must be considered when employing someone.  We believe that employers are to pursue the flourishing of those in their employ and we invite you to journey through these resources to explore how best to do that.

Richard LundieCommon Good

The heart of a living wage

Common Ground leader, Luke Harper, and our friend Linda Martindale, from the Warehouse, get to the heart of a living wage.


Living Wage Devotional Study

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God – Proverbs 14:31

A six day devotional study on a biblical response to paying a living wage.

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How much is a living wage?

Practical guidelines for calculating a living wage, and suggestions for having a conversation with the person you employ to make the necessary adjustments in a respectful and honouring way. 

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Yes, but... biblical answers to common excuses for not paying a Living Wage

‘I pay what I can afford’, ‘A low salary is better than no salary’, ‘Raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment’ and more.

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Employment, beyond a living wage

“If you want to make a difference in one person’s life, find out what their dreams are and walk a journey with them to help make them come to life.”

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How we came to pay a living wage

“I realised that I had been setting wages based on norms of what others paid and not on what was right.”

A moving story of how one family found conviction to pay a living wage, by Nigel Branken

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Not Receiving a Living Wage? Now What?

In this upcoming episode, you can expect to hear some stories of families who are surviving under Living Wage. We want to give the you an idea of what it means to be paid less than a living wage, what everyday items people being underpaid have to sacrifice and some of the challenges that they face.