Wessex Grounds Services has today become one of the first organisations in this region and sector to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is based on the amount that an individual needs to earn to cover the basic costs of living. Accountancy firm KPMG has reported that 20% of all workers in the UK, nearly five million people, are paid below it.
The Living Wage campaign has been running for ten years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty. An independent study of the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%. 66% of employers reported a significant impact on recruitment and retention within their organisation. 70% of employers felt that the Living Wage had increased consumer awareness of their organisation’s commitment to be an ethical employer.
Rebecca Vaughan, Office Manager at WGS said “Wessex Grounds Services is proud to become a living wage employer, we value every employee and we are committed to ensuring that all staff, permanent and subcontracted, are paid at least the Living Wage.”
Rhys Moore Director of the Living Wage Foundation added “The benefits the Living Wage brings to staff and business are clear. I welcome the leadership shown by Wessex Grounds Services on this important issue.”
To find out more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer visit www.livingwage.org.uk