Safespaces is delighted to announce it has been officially accredited as a Living Wage Employer. As a company, we have been committed to paying employees a living wage for some time now and we are pleased to now join the Living Wage Foundation. Our commitment ensures everyone working at Safespaces receives a minimum hourly wage set by the Living Wage Foundation each year. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
Safespaces is based in Yorkshire, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with over 465,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, Safespaces 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.
Jill Morony, Managing Director, Safespaces said, “I’m delighted that we’re now joining many organisations offering the real Living Wage. We are continually looking for new ways to improve the lives of our staff and becoming an accredited employer was an easy decision for us to make. It strengthens our commitment to being a responsible employer and helps us improve employee health and wellbeing.”Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Safespaces 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 Safespaces, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
Published: 11th January 2021