BVSC has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at BVSC receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.
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. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 200,000 people and put over one billion pounds extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
BVSC joined other Living Wage employers at a special ceremony on 11 November at Eastside Projects where BVSC’s Chief Executive, Brian Carr accepted the award from the Living Wage Foundation.
Brian said, “We’re delighted to be recognised as a real living wage employer. Our decision to adopt the real living wage reflects our values as an ethical employer working for a fair and equitable Birmingham. In-work poverty is real, and with almost a quarter of UK workers – and more than a quarter in the charity sector – being paid less than the living wage, high numbers of people are at risk.
“Paying the living wage treats employees with dignity and respect, fights poverty and exclusion, and has a measurably positive impact on productivity and business results. We will also be working to promote responsible employment practices to the organisations that we support through our training programme and HR services.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that BVSC has joined the movement of nearly 6,000 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 LUSH, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, West Ham Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like BVSC, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
Find out more about becoming a Real Living Wage Employer on the Living Wage Foundation’s website. www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage