The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage Employers across the UK. Harrington Brooks agree that work should be one of the surest ways out of poverty.
Following last year’s review of salaries, rewards and recognition, One Advice Group and Harrington Brooks are proud to announce that we’ve received official recognition as a Living Wage Employer. We’ll be flying the flag and celebrating this by adding the logo to our website and emails shortly.
What’s the UK Living Wage?
In London, it’s £9.75 per hour to reflect the higher cost of living facing families and it’s £8.45 across the rest of the UK, including Scotland and Wales – which is 17% higher than the governments minimum for the over 25s. It’s worth noting though that 1 in 5 people are still paid less than the real living wage.
What other companies pay Living Wage?
IKEA, Aviva, Nationwide Building Society, Oxfam, Nestle, National Express Buses, several football clubs including Everton and KPMG – there are over 1000 in London alone and more than 3000 accredited across the UK.
In work poverty
Low pay is one of the main drivers of in-work poverty. Recent research by the New Policy Institute conducted for the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that 1 in every 8 workers in the UK or 3.8 million people, is now living in poverty.
A total of 7.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, are in poverty despite being in a working family. This means that a record high of 55% of people in poverty are in working households.
“We recognise that a large proportion of our customers’ rent, are paid low wages or have zero hours employment contracts and are trying to manage with cuts to benefit payments. That’s why Harrington Brooks appreciates the need to support the Living Wage movement.” – Darren Smith, Group Commercial Director.
Claire Merton, HR Director also commented: “I’m delighted that One Advice Group is now fully accredited as a Living Wage employer. Our dedicated colleagues are at the heart of our mission to deliver sustainable financial well-being and this marks a commitment to both our customers and employees.”
Harrington Brooks Vision and Values
Being a Living Wage Employer is the right thing to do and fits with our vision to be an employer of choice. It also sends a signal to our customers and partners that we are a fair and modern employer. As many employers already know, the benefits of being accredited are clear – including increased productivity and reduced staff turnover.
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