Worcester businesses paying the living wage

Worcester employers who have pledged to pay their staff the true living wage have been revealed.

The Living Wage is a voluntary minimum wage level based on the amount of money people actually need to live on.

Currently, the actual living wage, calculated by the Living Wage Foundation, is £9.90 in the UK and £11.05 in London, for anyone aged 18 and over.

The government’s national living wage for over-23s is £9.50 and the minimum wage, for under-23s, is currently £9.18.

New living wage rates will be announced in September and living wage employers will have to implement the hike by May 2023 at the latest.

Here are the Worcester employers who have joined the program:

Oasis Academy Warndon

Clean It Right Ltd

Pearson View Worcester

Safety Skills

Thursfield Lawyers

Bespoke Advice Ltd

YSS

Oxfam

Lloyds Bank

National construction company

Diocese of Worcester

UNISON Worcester Branch

Santander

Radfield Home Care

Capable commercial cleaners

Royal Lifesaving Society

The key

Clayton Window Cleaning

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Jane Evans, UNISON Worcester Branch Secretary, said: “UNISON has a long history of campaigning for a fair day’s work for a fair day (or night) of work, to prevent in-work poverty and low excessive wages.

“We at the UNISON branch in Worcestershire are therefore proud to be a role model as a living wage employer, whilst campaigning for fair wages for our members.

“Low pay is still a reality for too many people, as almost five million people are still paid below the actual living wage. Two-thirds of them are women, as women dominate essential careers that are notoriously underpaid and undervalued, such as care, cleaning and catering.

“This structural sexism is clearly seen in the social services workforce, where 73% of workers are paid below the living wage. In the context of Universal Credit cuts, soaring household bills and empty leveling promises, the real living wage provides an important benchmark.

She said UNISON and other Worcestershire unions are also campaigning for longer-term solutions, including an end to zero-hours contracts and workers’ rights placed at the heart of the UK’s recovery from the pandemic and the financial crisis.

Michael A. Bynum