Accredited Living Wage employer BCHA has welcomed the increase in UK rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week, which ran from November 5th – 11th.
Entering its third year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, BCHA has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.
The Bournemouth-based organisation helps homeless and vulnerable people access the right housing, health, learning and work opportunities across the South West and supports over 10,000 people every year to take control of their lives and equips them to find a way forward.
The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all staff at BCHA over 18 and has increased to £8.75 across the UK and £10.20 an hour in London.
BCHA made a voluntary commitment with The Living Wage Foundation in August 2015 to pay a minimum hourly rate to is employees that goes beyond the government’s ‘national living wage’, which currently stands at £7.50 per hour for those aged 25 and over.
Paul Tucker, Campaigns and Communications Manager at BCHA, said, “BCHA felt that becoming an accredited Living Wage employer was the right thing to do in conjunction with our vision and mission and we are proud to implement this increase in pay. Many jobs in Bournemouth are going to be on lower wages, so we thought about how we can we do our little bit to help people.”
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said, “Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”
“The increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”