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NEWS: British Airways i360 becomes 300th Living Wage accredited employer in the South East

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that British Airways i360 in Brighton has been accredited as a Living Wage employer, becoming the 300th employer in the South East to sign up to the commitment.

Everyone working for Brighton i360 Ltd, the company which owns and operates the observation attraction on Brighton beach, receives a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 per hour, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff.

The Living Wage is significantly higher than the legal minimum for over-25s of £7.50 per hour.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

British Airways i360 is the world’s tallest moving observation tower, rising from ground level to 138m, and was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.

Steve Bax, Executive Director of British Airways i360, said:

"British Airways i360 has always been a Living Wage employer and we are delighted to be officially accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

We believe paying the Living Wage attracts the best possible employees in the city and means we can provide the highest quality service to our customers."

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:

"We welcome British Airways i360 to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

We are a movement of over 3,400 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Burberry, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like British Airways i360 join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

19th September 2017
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