Chiseldon Parish Council has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the council receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30 in the UK or £10.75 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
Chiseldon Parish Council is based in the South East, a region where 15% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 572,000 jobs. Despite this, the council 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 230,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
“The Parish Council recognises the need to be a responsible employer and monitor salaries in line with the Living Wage calculations to ensure our staff are valued and are paid for the hard work they do.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Chiseldon Parish Council has joined the movement of over 6000 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, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Chiseldon Parish Council, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”