Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Human Resources


Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle accredited as a

'Living Wage Employer'

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is pleased to announce that it is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every Diocesan employee earns not just the minimum wage, the ‘National Living Wage’, but the ‘Living Wage’, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Diocese perceives the commitment to the Living Wage as upholding the Common Good and the dignity of work and ensures that people have quality time to spend for themselves and with their family. This development is a response by the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to Pope Francis’ call to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’ (Pope Francis, Audience with Journalists, 16 March 2013).

The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. The Living Wage is £1.05 per hour above the National Living Wage which was introduced by the Government in April 2016.

Work will begin shortly on extending the Living Wage to all third party subcontracted staff that work regularly on our premises.

You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting and read their full press release here or contact Katherine Nugent
tel: 0191 243 3301.

The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK.