The Safer Living Foundation has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Safer Living Foundation receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 in the UK, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.
The Safer Living Foundation is based in the East Midlands, a region where over a fifth (20.2%) of workers earn less than they need to get by, with over 378,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, we have 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 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Claire Hampson, Vice Chair, Safer Living Foundation said: “The Safer Living Foundation believes in helping people to build positive futures. As part of this we are proud to commit to always paying our staff fairly for the essential, life-saving work they undertake every day. We value all members of our team, and are delighted to share that we are an accredited Living Wage Employer.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that the Safer Living Foundation has joined the movement of almost 9,000 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 Burberry, Barclays, 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 Safer Living Foundation, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”