Real Living Wage Accreditation
We are delighted to have this week received accreditation as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will ensure all of our colleagues receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.75 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
In our North West region, nearly a quarter of all jobs (20%) are paying less than the real Living Wage – around 584,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 230,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Natalie O’Hara, Director of People at Halton Housing says “I’m really proud of Halton Housing receiving this accreditation, which demonstrates a firm commitment to our people to pay more than the minimum wage for their work. As one of the largest employers in the borough it’s vitally important that we offer a fair salary and recognise the hard work of all colleagues. They are the heartbeat of our organisation and we couldn’t provide homes and deliver our services without them”.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Halton Housing has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Halton Housing, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
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Find out more about the Living Wage.