November 5th marks the beginning of Living Wage Week 2018, where new rates are calculated to give UK workers “a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work”. The London living wage currently stands at £10.20 an hour and £8.75 for all other parts of the UK. The national minimum wage for 2018/2019 is £7.83 an hour.
Since the Living Wage Foundation was established, over 150,000 employees have received a pay rise. Payment of Living Wage Foundation rates are voluntary by organisations who have signed up to become accredited employers.
Churchill is proud to be working to the parameters set by the Living Wage Foundation since 2014. Our commitment means we submit a separately costed Living Wage compliant bid for all tenders unless specifically requested that we do not do so and all employees, other than those who are engaged in delivering services under a contract for a specific client, are paid at or above the Living Wage rate.
In recent years, we have had a great deal of experience of working with clients (new and existing) in creating achievable financial and operational models which work towards paying the existing and future Living Wage and London Living Wage rates.
From our perspective, paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. The net effect is increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, better recruitment and retention, improved quality of work, and increased ethical awareness.