(September 2015 - March 2017)
Living wage is recognized as a 'right' by the international community and is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This study uses a new methodology, more rigorous than previous ones, to estimate a living wage for workers in Sialkot. This will be representative of small urban and rural north Punjab. The methodology uses a mix of primary and secondary data, and has four components: food costs for a low-cost, nutritious model diet; housing costs; non-food non-housing costs; and a 5% buffer for emergencies. The aim of the study is to bridge the gap between the existing wage and the living wage over a period of time.