Inspiring Communities Together celebrates commitment to real living wage

by Antonia Dunn on October 28, 2020

Mike Duddy, Chair, said "As a place based charity who actively promotes the employment of local people, we feel that becoming a registered Living Wage employer was the right thing to do. Inspiring Communities Together Board of Trustees are committed to ensure the workforce are supported in a variety of ways including ensuring they receive a living wage for the work they do. "

Inspiring Communities Together has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Inspiring Communities Together receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30.  This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.  We want our staff and wider partners to know we have an ongoing commitment to pay the new rate of Living Wage each year.

Inspiring Communities Together is based in the North West, a region with nearly a quarter of all jobs (20%) paying less than the real Living Wage – around 584,000 jobs. Despite this, Inspiring Communities Together has 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.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Inspiring Communities Together has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum 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 Inspiring Communities Together, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

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