It will vary according to the size of your organisation and the types of contracts you have. Some employers can complete their application form straight away and we will aim to process their accreditation within ten working days. Others may have a project of work to do to identify which contracts are relevant and when they are due for renewal. Large organisations can often be accredited within 6 months.
In order to be accredited an employer must pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and have an agreed plan in place for third party contracted staff such as contracted catering, cleaning, security, parks or ground staff. Phased implementation means that the Living Wage is rolled out across third party contracts over time, as the contracts come up for renewal. These contracts are included in the licence agreement as 'milestones'. The Foundation will check in with you periodically to ensure the milestones are on track.
The accreditation is a signed licence between the Foundation and the employer. In order to receive a licence and become accredited please fill in an enquiry form here: https://www.livingwage.org.uk/become-a-living-wage-employer
We will send you a link to an online licence form and a guide to implementing the Living Wage. Once you have ensured your organisation satisfies the requirements please complete and submit the online form. Please note that this will require an online signature.
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