The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Real Living Wage Celebrates 20th Birthday

Real Living Wage Celebrates 20th Birthday
25 August 2021
 

Over £1.5 billion in increased wages has been put back into the pockets of over 260,000 low-paid workers over the past 20 years, thanks to the Living Wage Foundation.

Almost three-quarters of employers paying the real Living Wage said that accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation had improved their reputation as an employer. 

The number of Living Wage Employers has continued to grow, even during the pandemic, with over 2,600 more employers committing to pay the real Living Wage since the 23d March lockdown last year.

The real Living Wage is the UK’s only independently calculated wage rate based on meeting people’s everyday needs, it is currently £9.50 an hour outside of London and £10.85 within the capital. Since its creation in East London in 2001, the Living Wage campaign has grown from a Citizens UK initiative into a movement of over 8,000 accredited employers, including major employers like IKEA, National Express, Aviva, Burberry, Everton and Liverpool football clubs, nearly half the FTSE 100 and thousands of small and medium-sized businesses.  

 

“Over the past twenty years we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of people’s lives changed by the real Living Wage. It’s allowed people to spend more time with their families, save for the future, and enjoy the stability and security necessary to thrive. We know too that the Living Wage has transformed employers across the country, and we’ve been delighted to see businesses continue to accredit at an astonishing rate during the pandemic." 

–Graham Griffiths

Director, Living Wage Foundation

 

Who Pays The Real Living Wage in Facilities Management?

 

 

Research conducted by Cardiff Business School also highlighted the benefits of the Living Wage to business. A survey of 1,530 Living Wage Employers found that 59 per cent said it improved retention of employees receiving the real living wage. 60 per cent said it improved recruitment and 30 per cent said it reduced sickness absence. 

Rukky, a Cleaner at Clean for Good, explained what it means to them:

"Being paid the Living Wage has made a big difference to my family. I can spend more time with my children now. I have also been able to save some money and I feel a lot happier now. Minimum wage wasn’t enough money to live on and it made me very stressed. I want to stay working here if I can. I feel like they respect me.” 

Graham Griffiths, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, added:  

“Over the past twenty years we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of people’s lives changed by the real Living Wage. It’s allowed people to spend more time with their families, save for the future, and enjoy the stability and security necessary to thrive. We know too that the Living Wage has transformed employers across the country, and we’ve been delighted to see businesses continue to accredit at an astonishing rate during the pandemic. As we look to recover from this crisis, it’s clear that that must rebuild on the solid foundations that the real Living Wage provides.”  

Edmund Heery, Professor Emeritus, Cardiff Business School, said: 

“A striking feature of the Living Wage campaign is that it has produced mutual gains for employees and for their employers. The Living Wage has transferred millions of pounds to the pockets of low-paid workers, with part-time employees and those working on outsourcing contracts particularly likely to benefit. But the Living Wage has also benefited many employing organizations, enhancing reputation, improving recruitment and retention and, for some, helping to win contracts or funding. The evidence shows emphatically that both parties can gain from higher employment standards.” 

Picture: a picture of a jar of coins that's fallen over

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 25 August 2021

Share



Related Articles

First Response Group Founders Named Black British Businesspeople of the Year

Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, co-founders of security and facilities management provider First Response Group, have been named Black British Businesspeople of the...

 Read Full Article
Corps Security Celebrates Social Enterprise Status

Corps Security is celebrating its recently awarded Social Enterprise status. Social Enterprise UK is the leading global authority on social enterprise and the biggest...

 Read Full Article
EMCOR UK Becomes Recognised by Living Wage Foundation

EMCOR UK has been accredited as a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider. As a Recognised Service Provider, EMCOR UK has committed to pay the Real Living...

 Read Full Article
BAM Facilities Management Becomes Living Wage Foundation Accredited 

BAM Facilities Management, part of BAM Construct UK, has become accredited as a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider. The recognition means BAM is paying...

 Read Full Article
37% of UK Workers Given Less Than a Week's Notice of Shifts

Close to two-fifths (37 per cent) of UK workers in full or part-time employment are given less than a week's notice of their...

 Read Full Article
British Cleaning Council Supports Real Living Wage

The British Cleaning Council has renewed its commitment to being a Living Wage employer, encouraging member organisations to support the payment of the Real Living...

 Read Full Article
139 Companies Failed to Pay Minimum Wage to Over 95,000 Workers

After a two-year hiatus, The Naming Scheme has resumed, showing that named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. One of the main causes of...

 Read Full Article
2021 New Year's Resolutions for Employers

As we prepare to wave goodbye to a difficult 2020, what positive changes as employers can we bring to the new year?   Join the Race at Work...

 Read Full Article
Spotlight Interview | Richard Burgess | Unify by Bruntwood

Unify is a new venture from Bruntwood, which is already disrupting the Facilities Management market. By in-sourcing many of their key services they can ensure exceptional...

 Read Full Article
National Living Wage To Rise Again In April

New Year's Eve saw the Low Pay Commission publish 2019 recommendations on the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) - which if accepted would see...

 Read Full Article