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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 £8.45 per hour. The Living Wage Foundation announced a new rate of £8.75 on 6 November 2017. The Living Wage Foundation recommends employers pay the new rate within six months, by 1 May 2018. We will pay the new rate from 1 April 2018.
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 £8.45 per hour. (£8.75 by 1 May 2018)
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) £8.45 per hour (£8.75 by 1 May 2018).
To apply to become a Living Wage Employer please complete the Preston Living Wage employer request form.
For more information contact the Executive Member, Social Justice, Inclusion and Policy Cabinet Member (Councillor Matthew Brown) at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any Preston Living Wage employers will be listed on our website and will be able to call themselves a ‘Preston Living Wage Employer’.
To access our living wage video please visit our YouTube channel.
Benefits of being a Preston Living Wage Employer
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