Once again Active Cheshire is leading the way by becoming a Living Wage employer!
The Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at Active Cheshire, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receives 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. It 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.
The introduction of the living wage has already had a significant effect on 2 of Active Cheshire’s junior team members, Emma Gosling and Cameron Turpin.
Anne Boyd CEO of Active Cheshire said “Our ethos at Active Cheshire is all about wellbeing, and I believe everyone deserves to be paid a living wage that reflects the real cost of living. This is just another way of showing our staff how much we value and appreciate the part they play in our business. After all they are our greatest asset!”
Active Cheshire has chosen to pay the Living Wage voluntarily. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Councillor Louise Gittins, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Wellbeing for Cheshire West and Chester visited Active Cheshire’s offices today to hear more about the work of the charity, and was pleased to learn that they had been awarded Living Wage Employer accreditation.
Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy and Workforce said “I am delighted that Active Cheshire has introduced the living wage for their workforce, and hope that other organisations and businesses within Cheshire West and Chester will follow suit. As one of only 1,500 leading employers in the UK who have been awarded Living Wage employer accreditation they are leading the way for all employees to receive a fair wage for a day’s work”.