Welcome Centre celebrates commitment to ‘Real Living Wage’

The Welcome Centre is now accredited as a Living Wage Employer. 

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at The Welcome Centre receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

The Welcome Centre is based in Yorkshire and the Humber, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with over 465,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage.

Despite this, The Welcome Centre has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Kate Auker, Chief Executive, The Welcome Centre

“As a responsible employer that provides crisis support for those in poverty, it is vital that our staff are paid a fair wage that reflects the real cost of living. We are very proud to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Not only is it the right decision morally, but it also demonstrates our commitment to the wellbeing of our hardworking staff and our dedication to The Welcome Centre’s core values of preventing poverty and improving lives. 

Choosing to become accredited is a socially responsible decision that I would urge others in the sector to consider.”

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that The Welcome Centre has joined the movement of over 7,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as BurberryBarclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like The Welcome Centre, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

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