Living wage analysis in Mbale

We’re delighted to have worked with the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment and New Foresight on a new living wage benchmark in Mbale, Uganda. Our goal is to create more and better quality jobs in small and growing businesses. A living wage is a critical element of good quality work. It provides the means necessary to secure decent shelter, nutrition and education for entire households. This report defines the living wage in Mbale, based on recent local evidence, and therefore gives Balloon a clear indication of what the businesses they support need to be offering staff.

The report also includes interesting insights about the relationship between employment contracts and wage levels (contracted staff are paid more), and how wages are impacted by the gender of employees (women are consistently paid less). We’re applying the report’s findings to deliver better outcomes for workers.

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