The real Living Wage was created by the Living Wage Foundation and is a higher minimum rate of pay based on what people actually need to get by.
The government's minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.83 an hour (for over 25s) with no London weighting, but the UK ‘real’ Living Wage, which is independently calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £8.75 (for over 18s), rising to £10.20 in London.
Not all employers in the UK pay Living Wage; organisations have to volunteer to do it, but it is beneficial to both employers and employees. There are currently just over 4k UK employers providing the Living Wage and only 20 of these are in the Salford area. Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, has said that paying Living Wage is ‘an employers badge of honour’.
Steve Hassall, Chief Executive, Salford Community Leisure, says:
“This demonstrates Salford Community Leisure’s commitment to our employees and value the outstanding services they deliver to the local community. As a Living Wage employer this reflects our values as a socially responsible employer.”
Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell welcomed the news and said it was another step forward in Salford becoming a Living Wage City, She said:
“Paying the real Living Wage is good for staff as they get a fair reward for their hard work and commitment. It’s also good for the city as people have more money to spend. I’m delighted to see Salford Community Leisure have taken this step and I’d urge other organisations and businesses to follow suit and reap the benefits,”