Minister for Stormont welcomes biggest rise in living wage

Stormont Finance Minister Conor Murphy hailed a 10.1 per cent rise in the living wage.

it goes up to £10.90 is the biggest in the Living Wage Foundation’s 11-year history.

Mr Murphy said the new social value procurement policy, which includes living wage payments, is making a positive difference for people and the environment.

The Scoring Social Value policy came into effect on June 1, 2022.

It requires social value to constitute at least 10% of the award criteria, alongside price and quality.

It also requires staff working on government contracts to be paid at least living wage.

All government tenders issued since June 2022 included payment of living wages as a condition of the contract.

“The new living wage set by the Living Wage Foundation saw a 10.1% increase – the largest year-over-year increase in recognition of the steep rise in the cost of living during the year. elapsed,” Murphy said.

“A full-time worker earning the new real living wage would earn £2,730 a year more than a worker earning the current national minimum wage.”

“As an accredited Living Wage Employer, the Public Service is committed to paying our agency officials and staff at least Living Wage. Today’s increase in the Living Wage Foundation rate will mean that hundreds of public servants will automatically have their salaries increased in accordance with the deadline imposed by Living Wage Foundation rules.

“The new Social Value Policy requires companies bidding on government contracts to pay staff working on that contract living wages.

“Earlier this month, an agreement was reached with contractors to ensure that more than 500 staff providing security and ancillary services will benefit from payment of at least living wages.

“In this cost of living crisis, it is important that workers receive the living wage. We can already see the positive impact of this policy on the fight against low wages. »

Mr Murphy and Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey visited Inch Abbey in Downpatrick where they met Idverde and McGrath Contracts Ltd who were recently awarded the grounds maintenance contract for the State Care Monuments.

Ms Hargey said: “This contract will ensure our historic landmarks are maintained to the highest possible standard supporting heritage and tourism while delivering real environmental, social and economic benefits.”

Michael A. Bynum