Springfield Domestic Abuse support in South Lakeland has today been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.
Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the charity will receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.90, higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £10.42 per hour.
Springfield is based in the North West, where 12.5% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 367,000 jobs. Despite this, Springfield 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 450,000 people and put over £2 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
“I am proud to work for a company that values the work I do, and cares about its employees”. Staff member.
We have chosen to become a real living wage employer as we believe that our employees deserve to be paid fairly for the work they do daily, supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Tori O’Callaghan-Lake CEO
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Springfield has joined the movement of over 12,000 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 Springfield, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
Advantages of a Living Wage
Compensating employees with a real Living Wage not only enhances the employer’s brand but also elevates staff productivity and motivation within the workplace. In addition, we are aware that providing a real Living Wage enables employers to keep up with their competitors, sustain existing personnel, and draw new talent. More than half of employers testified that allocating a real Living Wage aided in enhancing the caliber of job applications.
Moreover, over thirty percent of employers affirmed that providing a Living Wage has contributed to the prospect of securing contracts and funding for their organization.