Blenheim Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Blenheim, has today, 16th December 2014, accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Blenheim CDP, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 -significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Blenheim CEO, John Jolly said: “As a charity we feel passionately that everyone should be paid fairly to ensure that they are able to make ends meet. We would encourage all other employers in London to sign up and ensure that their staff are being rewarded fairly for a hard days work.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Blenheim to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including Blenheim, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”

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