We discuss findings from the PwC Global Living Wage survey, and approaches and strategies for companies to consider.
With increasing costs of living and an unpredictable economic environment, the concept of paying a “living wage” is gaining attention from businesses and governments around the world. As pay adequacy becomes a mandated disclosure for many companies via the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), paying a living wage is becoming a growing priority for organizations that are focused on creating a sustainable business.
PwC recently published the inaugural Global Living Wage survey to provide deeper insights on this topic and its impact to businesses. In this episode, host Heather Horn welcomes PwC partners Barry Murphy and Paula Letorey to discuss the survey results, market trends, and key steps organizations should take now to prepare for market and regulatory movement.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 4:43 - Why PwC conducted the Global Living Wage survey
  • 7:13 - Defining a “living wage”
  • 9:45 - Key findings from the survey
  • 17:01 - Common challenges to adopting a living wage
  • 22:28 - The relationships among living wage, workplace fairness, and pay equity
  • 24:58 - Reporting and disclosure considerations
  • 28:47 - The impact of suppliers and the value chain
  • 31:19 - What investors are looking for in living wage strategy and disclosures
  • 36:35 - The role of the finance team in supporting and engaging with the business on this topic

For our findings and takeaways on the survey, check out our publication, Living Wage: An Emerging Standard. Further, check out PwC UK’s Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey for more insights on workforce transformation, trends, and disruptors, and how business leaders are navigating its changing nature.
About our guests
Barry Murphy is PwC’s Global ESG leader for Tax and Legal Services. Based in the UK, he has 20 years of experience advising clients on their domestic and international tax affairs. He is also focused on driving compliance solutions with a “digital first” approach.
Paula Letorey is a partner within PwC UK’s Workforce practice. She has over 15 years of experience advising clients on matters relating to employment taxes and broader pay governance and regulation. She has developed robust risk management solutions for areas such as domestic employment tax on a global basis, off-payroll working, national minimum wage, and holiday pay.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability-related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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