Becoming a Living Wage Employer definitely makes a difference. Employers talk about having reduced staff turnover, a more productive working environment and more business as a direct result of paying a Living Wage. Workers talk about spending more time with their families, feeling valued, less stressed and consequently happier and more motivated in their workplaces.
Anecdotal evidence from New Zealand, and research from overseas, shows that local businesses and communities thrive when workers are paid a Living Wage. Jane Parker and Jim Arrowsmith of Massey University are doing the first NZ research on the impact of a Living Wage on well-being of workers and their families. For UK research on costs and benefits of a Living Wage see http://www.geog.qmul.ac.uk/livingwage/pdf/Livingwagecostsandbenefits.pdf