Blogs

Cleaners need a new normal: it's time to pay them a real Living Wage

8th April 2021
As Britain begins to walk the road to recovery from the pandemic, Tim Thorlby – Managing Director of ethical cleaning company Clean for Good – highlights that returning to ‘normal’ would be a disaster for cleaners who have long suffered low pay and exploitation in the sector.First in and last out – that’s been the story of cleaners throughout the pandemic and for many years before it. The events of the past year have made crystal clear how much we,...

The gap to a real Living Wage remains five years on

6th April 2021
Five is an exciting age. At five you’re through your early development years, and as you head off to school those who brought you into the world have their sights set on what your future holds.So it is for the ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW) – the higher minimum wage rate for workers aged 25+ (23+ from 1 April) that came into existence five years ago.The NLW was introduced at a rate of £7.20 per hour and scheduled to rise incrementally to reach 60% of typical hourly earnings by 2020. That target...

The Living Wage within the vaping industry

2nd April 2021
Royal Flush Vape are proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer as we continue to ensure our entire team are paid fairly whilst being able to comfortably cover the cost of living within the UK.  We began paying the National Living Wage a while back now as it became possible for us to fully reward our team for their hard work and efforts. Not only does paying the real Living Wage reward our team, we also truly believe that it is the ethical, desirable, and socially responsible thing to do,...

Providing support for gig economy workers is essential for London’s recovery - how can you help?

19th March 2021
Announcing the Mayor of London's Resilience FundAs we’ve seen in recent news, gig economy workers are integral to London’s economy and services. Now, more than ever, we need to support people who are in the gig economy to help London bounce back. That’s why the team here at the Living Wage Foundation is working with the Mayor of London and Nesta Challenges to develop solutions that utilise data and technology to help enable better pay and better work for gig economy workers. Now, we need...

Women have long been trapped in essential work that pays too little: it’s time to make amends.

8th March 2021
As we mark International Women’s Day, Maisie Caro from the Living Wage Foundation reflects on the fact that women make up the majority of key worker roles but disproportionately feel the impact of low pay. In the 365 days since International Women’s Day 2020, our lives have been turned upside down. But against the backdrop of upended livelihoods, unprecedented firsts and uncertain futures, the pandemic has shone a light on an uncomfortable truth. It’s the low paid and insecure work largely done...

Guest Blog: "Why All Manufacturing Companies Should Pay the Living Wage" by Daniel Wiggins, ReAgent Chemicals

9th December 2020
Why All Manufacturing Companies Should Pay the Living WageAs you probably know, the real Living Wage is a minimum rate that’s independently calculated, based on the realistic costs of living. It allows companies to give back to their staff, improving both morale and employee retention. This is particularly important in the manufacturing sector, where the rate of job losses is growing in response to the struggles the industry is facing.Benefits of Paying the Living WageIn November 2020, it was...

Guest Blog: The Living Wage in the Third Sector

9th December 2020
Following this year's Third Sector event for Living Wage Week, we heard from Mattea Sykes, a worker in the Third Sector, on the importance of the Living Wage to her. "I earned more per hour in my first ever job as a Seasonal Sales Assistant at a high street jewellers.... than I did as a Youth Worker- working with some of my communities most vulnerable young people. I loved my job as a Youth Worker, but it was hard work both physically & emotionally...

Guest blog: Beth Pearce, HR Manager at Alpkit

3rd December 2020
Alpkits journey to becoming a Living Wage Foundation Employer has not been easy, particularly as we took this step in July 2020 whilst in the middle of a world wide pandemic; but knowing that our staff are paid fairly is not just about doing the right thing, it comes back to who we are and where all this started; our values and common sense; If we balance profit and purpose while rewarding the team fairly, then growth will come naturally. When Alpkit set out,...

In case you missed it: 10 highlights from Living Wage Week 2020  

20th November 2020
In this blog post we reflect on another fantastic Living Wage Week! Throughout the week we celebrated the Living Wage network and the movement that has put £1.3 billion back into the pockets of low paid workers - here are our favourite moments (ICYMI!). 10 highlights from Living Wage Week 2020. 1. St Antony’s RC Catholic School performed the “world premiere” of their new song ‘Another Round of Applause’ at our London launch event The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said the school were “a joy to...

Blog: Why the real Living Wage in Social Care is desperately needed during Covid-19

13th November 2020
Sara Johnson, Senior Programme Manager - Living Wage Foundation‘I feel like a Roman Gladiator going into the ring on a night shift. Everyone is clapping for you, but you’re pitting yourself...

Poem: We are your living wage workers.

13th November 2020
The below poem is written by  Ryan Taaffe-Fowle, a  2020 Young Norfolk Laureate, commissioned for Living Wage Week by the National Centre for Writing.  We are your living wage workersAlso known as your worked to the bone factory faeces.Surely you remember us blokes who pack your boxes of card onto pallets worth more each, than we earn in a week. You might know us as the late-night warehouse walkers,or the supermarket shelf stackersworking 9 till 9 just to feed our daughterswe are struggling. ...

Poem: Basket of Goods by Hannah Levene

13th November 2020
The below poem is written by Hannah Levene, commissioned for Living Wage Week by the National Centre for Writing. Basket of Goods by Hannah Levenethere are some jobs  you lose / there are some jobs you stick at or get or get              stuck to: 1. hours worked valued less than            basket of goods made up for by  the amount of stationery (stick, stuck)             i have stolen from the stationery cupboard. i am using fistfuls of mechanical pencils  to represent the deficit...

Guest Blog: "From Invisible & underpaid to Essential workers – Why cleaners deserve the Living Wage"

11th November 2020
From Invisible & underpaid to Essential workers – Why cleaners deserve the Living WageThis article, written by Marcus Lobow at Regional Services - a Recognised Service Provider working with the Living Wage Foundation, investigates the findings of a study carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The report looked...

GUEST BLOG: MISHA NAYAK-OLIVER, JUST FAIR

11th November 2020
This Living Wage Week 2020, we reflect on the importance of everyone having the rights they need to flourish. Over the last seven months COVID-19 has highlighted and exacerbated existing socio-economic inequalities. We believe the real Living Wage is key to building a fairer and more equal society, where everyone can flourish. The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what people need to live. The Living Wage...

Guest Blog: Karen Fullerton, Portview

10th November 2020
PORTVIEW COMMITTED TO MAKING IT MATTER WITH LIVING WAGE ACCREDITATION In Portview, we have a mantra that makes up the spiral of our professional DNA - ‘make it matter’.  Therefore, we need to feel confident that every decision we make and every action we take, will make a positive difference to our employees in a meaningful way that truly matters to them.  Having this meaning-rich approach in the workplace helps connect, inspire, and catapult employees into new realms of productivity and well-...

Guest Blog: Amanda Powell-smith, Forster Communications

10th November 2020
Stepping forward as Living Wage Leaders; let’s create changeWritten by Amanda Powell-Smith, CEO Forster Communications, an accredited Living Wage Employer.This week, nearly 7000 employers are celebrating their role as accredited Living Wage Employers and we are one of them. It is right to be proud – we know we are making a life changing difference to over 240,000[i] people on the low wages.  But is it enough?  These are extraordinary...