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In 2008 we began to look at the implications of being a Living Wage Employer.
In December 2008 Full Council resolved to be a Living Wage employer.
In April 2009 we implemented a policy of paying our staff a Living Wage as well as our contracted staff (i.e. any staff we may employ on an agency basis).
In 2011 we decided to aim to secure the payment of a Living Wage in our procurement processes.
We have agreed to pay staff the real Living Wage of £8.75 per hour (current) and new rate announced on 5 November 2018 of £9 from 1 April 2019.
We pay a Living Wage to all our employed staff and all staff contracted as agency staff.
The idea of the Living Wage is to encourage employers across Preston to raise their own rates of pay to at least £8.75 per hour and the new rate of £9.00 in the new financial year.
For a list of current living wage employers in Preston please see our Preston Living Wage employers page.
This figure of the real Living Wage is based on rates calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence about living standards in London and the UK.
We recognise that being a Living Wage employer it is essential to widen the impact of the Living Wage policy whilst at the same time working within the current legislative framework to encourage contractors and others to pay the Living Wage.
We will actively look to implement the Living Wage Policy in our procurement practices on a case by case basis.
In addition to the economic and social benefits for Preston’s population, the payment of a Living Wage can have a positive impact on the delivery and services and value for money. Those bodies and companies who have implemented a Living Wage policy have identified potential benefits as:
The Living Wage Foundation's own research shows that paying the real Living Wage has benefitted nearly all of the businesses in a recent survey and improved their reputation.
To become a living wage employer your business/company must:
1. Be located and operate in Preston
2. Pay all staff (excluding interns but including agency/temporary staff (third party contracted staff as appropriate) £8.75 per hour and the new rate of £9.00 in the new financial year.
To apply to become a Living Wage Employer please complete the Preston Living Wage employer request form.
For more information contact Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council at email@example.com.
Any Preston Living Wage employers will be listed on our website and will be able to call themselves a ‘Preston Living Wage Employer’.
The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) using the National Living Wage in 2017 show that the number of jobs in Preston paid less than the living wage has decreased to 15,000 in 2017 (a drop of 4,000 from 2016). As a proportion of employee jobs receiving less than the living wage, this currently stands at 19.3%. This in turn means that currently 80.7% of all employees in Preston were paid the living wage in 2017 – an increase of 4% on 2016.
Nationally, part time workers are more likely to earn less than the living wage. Part time employees who work in Preston generally earn the same or above the living wage (median or typical pay). For those who work in Preston, female part-time workers earn the highest hourly rate at £9.63 (median) out of 14 districts in Lancashire. Male part time workers who work here earn the second highest hourly rate of £8.76 (out of 10 districts). This has improved since the introduction of the living wage in 2011 with male part time earnings per hour rising by £1.26 or 17% and £2.09 or 28% for females part time per hour. The hourly rate for all part time employees who work in Preston has risen by £1.74 per hour or by 23% between 2011-2017, the highest increase across Lancashire (12 districts).
To access our living wage video please visit our YouTube channel.
Due to popular demand from Living Wage supporters, the Living Wage foundation has created a business to business directory exclusively for Living Wage Employers and Recognised Service Providers.
Whether you're looking for event space, catering, cleaning, utilities, stationery, advice or training; the brand new directory is for you. Please see the link in the useful website section on this page.
Benefits of being a Preston Living Wage Employer
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