Lifeshare are proud to announce that we have been officially accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Lifeshare receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.
Lifeshare is based in the North West, a region with nearly a fifth of all jobs (18.4%) paying less than the real Living Wage. This translated to around 534,000 jobs. Despite this, Lifeshare 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 LW 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.
“Lifeshare have always strived to ensure we pay the real living wage, not just the government minimum. Now we have received accreditation to show this. We value the fantastic work all our staff do, and believe it would be against our ethos as a Charity who supports some of Manchester’s most vulnerable, if we do not ensure our staff earn a fair wage. As an organisation we work hard to make sure all our staff, volunteers and clients are cared for. This is just one way we show our commitment to them.” – Finance Manager, Ellen Gallacher.
From the Living Wage Foundation:
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Lifeshare 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 Lifeshare, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
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