Blogs

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...

Guest Blog: Dynamic Group - Living Wage is key for staff engagement, retention and to attract new talent

9th November 2020
Michael Cirstean, Managing Director of Dynamic Group: ‘The Construction industry needs to support the living wage to make a career in construction more appealing for the younger generation.’With the construction industry experiencing a resurgence in growth, and more than a million homes estimated to be built by 2021, it is more important than ever that the sector has the skilled workforce it needs.The construction industry is experiencing a skills shortage due to the impact of an ageing...

Guest blog: Cleanology - more important than ever to harness support for fair pay

17th September 2020
Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Recognised Service Provider Cleanology: ‘Essential workers have suddenly become more visible, more in demand, and under greater pressure. It’s more important than ever to harness support for fair pay.’Key workers have played a crucial role in recent months, and support for NHS staff has been overwhelming. I have also been pleased to see other workers, such as cleaners, being applauded. This came as a boost for many at such an uncertain time but, as things return to...

Guest Blog: Seniors Helping Seniors - Social care, fit for purpose

18th August 2020
Seniors Helping Seniors (SHS) is a social care organisation using a unique model to tackle two of the biggest issues facing our society today: elderly care, and employment opportunities for people as they age. Sally Wilse, Co-Owner of SHS UK, explains the value of their care model, and the importance of paying their carers the real Living Wage. When we invested in Seniors Helping Seniors in 2014, we were determined to create an organisation that would have a real social impact, and forever...

Guest Blog: Facilicom - Why the Living Wage is more important than ever for the cleaning and security industries

4th August 2020
By Jan-Hein Hemke, Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland.Facilicom are a Recognised Service Provider working with the Living Wage Foundation.When it comes to paying our workforce, it couldn’t be clearer. Those who are willing to work hard should be rewarded sufficiently – so that they can live, enjoy life and support their families, without stress. That is why...

Blog: Put your money where your heart is. How you can support Living Wage Employers as they reopen?

16th July 2020
It’s starting to feel a bit like normal life; the high-street has reopened, #SuperSaturday has been and gone, a summer holiday is suddenly a possibility again, and yet after the last few months everything feels like a brave new world. The retail and hospitality industries are more reliant than ever on customers returning to spend money with them, and that includes Living Wage Employers who have invested in making sure their staff are paid enough to live on. ...

Guest blog: Adam Harding, Phoenix Events ‘The importance of the Living Wage for security workers, even in the hardest of times for our security and events industry.’

18th June 2020
Living Wage Employer Phoenix Events (East) are a local security and events firm based in Norwich, with over 15 years’ experience in events management, as well as security, stewarding, traffic management. Director Adam Harding shares the challenges for the events industry during covid-19, how they’ve adapted business and ultimately why he believes the real Living Wage is now as important as ever, in light of the crisis. As a new name in the events industry, 2020 was always going to be tough. We...

Guest blog: Sandy Macdonald, Standard Life Aberdeen. 16% of workers are in low-paid and insecure work, it’s time to do things differently.

15th June 2020
Before the current pandemic hit, a group of companies, trade unions and others convened by the Living Wage Foundation had come together to look at what we might do to address work insecurity. In recent years, the Living Wage movement has gained significant momentum, with cross party consensus on the need to ensure that wherever possible wages can increase to meet the cost of living. In-work poverty isn’t only a result of low wages though, and...
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: The Living Wage Employers paving the way for a kinder workplace amidst the coronavirus pandemic

21st May 2020

‘Now we’re key workers’. Meet the delivery riders at Living Wage Employer e-cargobikes.com, delivering food in the coronavirus crisis

13th May 2020
It’s never been clearer just how much we need our key workers, than in this crisis, and for those of us who are unable to leave our homes altogether, we are particularly thankful to our delivery drivers, or ‘riders’ in the case of Living Wage Employer e-cargobikes.com. But the delivery industry that we so heavily depend on now, has for too long been low-paid and insecure, adopting precarious employment practises of the gig economy. But one Living Wage...

The sticky floor: the other barrier to gender pay parity

13th March 2020
Last year’s International Women’s Day’s theme was balancing gender in the boardroom. One year on, it’s heartening to see that some progress has been made, with a third of all FTSE 350 boardroom roles now being held by women, although men are still seven times more likely to hold some of the most senior positions in Britain’s most valuable firms. As important as breaking through the glass ceiling is however, we cannot forget the other side of the picture which affects millions of women in...