Many Oxford workers have received an inflation-beating pay rise after the decision to increase the living wage in the city came into force this month.
The Oxford living wage increased from £9.26 to £9.69 an hour on April 1.
This is the minimum the council will pay its staff and temps, and means all employees paid this rate will earn at least £18,895.50 for a 37.5 hour working week.
Council bosses say they want Oxford to become a ‘living wage city’ and are encouraging all city-based employers to give their staff fairer pay.
Employers are legally bound to pay workers over 25 years of age the national minimum wage, which has increased from £7.50 to £7.83 an hour, but employers in Oxford can sign up to the increased rate voluntarily.
Meanwhile, latest gender pay gap data for the council showed that, for basic pay based on hourly rates, there is no gender pay difference.
The council’s chief executive, Gordon Mitchell, said staff are ‘held in high regard’.
The figures show a gap if bonus pay is included, with the median gender bonus pay gap 19.5 per cent in favour of men.
However, the authority stressed the bonus gap only favours men because of the make-up of its workforce.