Furniture retailer IKEA has promised to pay its U.K. workforce the "living wage," as the drive for businesses to push pay beyond the minimum gains traction in Britain.
U.K. employees of the Swedish company will receive £7.85 ($12.22) per hour, or £9.15 per hour in London, from April 2016. This compares to a national minimum wage of £6.70 per hour from October this year.
According to IKEA on Monday, more than 50 percent of its 9,000 workers in the country will see their wages lifted. The company joins around 1,600 other businesses in opting to pay the living wage, which is set by the Living Wage Foundation and is calculated according to the cost of living.