Vincent Kompany holds aloft the Premier League Trophy courtesy of Stuart Grout
Premier League bosses have agreed to pay all full time staff the Living Wage – but the move has been criticised for not going far enough.
As most staff that work at clubs are employed by contractors, it will still mean that Chelsea will be the only accredited Living Wage employers within the Premier League ranks.
The pledge was announced as part of a £1bn redistribution of funds by Premier League clubs to lower level teams and for grass roots development.
The Premier League has come under significant criticism for its financial dealings, particularly since announcing its latest TV rights agreement with Sky and BT Sport which broke the £5bn barrier.
Making the announcement, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The clubs have always stepped up to the plate when it comes to sharing their success. The clubs also committed to adopting the Living Wage for all their permanent employees by the start of the 2016/17 season at the latest."
The Living Wage is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation and is based on the amount an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living.
It is currently set at £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 an hour in the rest of the UK.
Living Wage Foundation director Rhys Moore told the BBC: "It is definitely a move in the right direction. However, the vast majority of low-paid work in the Premier League is with sub-contractors.
"This commitment doesn't address that, which is why we think Living Wage accreditation is so important. The commitment Chelsea made to become the only accredited Living Wage employer in the Premier League goes so much further than this."