SocEnv Commitment to Fair Pay Recognised With Living Wage Employer Accreditation
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living.
We are delighted to announce that the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is now an accredited Living Wage Employer.
SocEnv is based in the West Midlands, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (21%), with around 442,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, SocEnv has committed to pay the real Living Wage for a while, in the conviction that staff should get a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. This commitment has now been recognised with this accreditation.
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 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive at SocEnv, said: “We felt it was only right to join thousands of other organisations in demonstrating our commitment to pay the real Living Wage. At SocEnv we believe wholeheartedly that our staff should be fairly recognised with wages that reflect their hard work. This accreditation helps demonstrate our commitment, and we hope this encourages other employers to follow suit and become part of this growing movement towards fair wages for all.”
Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that SocEnv has joined the movement of 7,000 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 Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like SocEnv, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
About the Living Wage
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.
The UK Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.85 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.
The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. The Living Wage Foundation receives guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by our principal partners: Aviva; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; People’s Health Trust; and Queen Mary University of London.
What about the Government’s national living wage?
In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. This new government rate is a new minimum wage rate for staff over 25 years old. It was introduced in April 2016 and the rate is currently £8.72 per hour as of April 2019, but will rise to £8.91 in April 2021. The rate is different to the Living Wage rates calculated by the Living Wage Foundation. The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rates are calculated according to the cost of living in London and the UK.