Living Wage

Welsh Government, Living Wage Foundation and TISCreport forge alliance to tackle In-Work Poverty in Wales, and the UK

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Welsh Government, the Living Wage Foundation and TISCreport – the world’s only transparency in supply chains register already monitoring compliance with the Modern Slavery Act – have joined forces to publish which companies have been accredited as Living Wage Employers.

Says Stephen Chapman, Anti-Slavery Partnership Coordinator for Welsh Government: “The Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group is determined to tackle slavery and labour exploitation in Wales. We have established our ‘Ethical Employment in Supply Chains – Code of Practice’ for Welsh public supply chains and beyond. Our partnership with the Living Wage Foundation and TISCreport enables us to make the data on Living Wage Employer Accreditation available for all who wish to use it to promote better social outcomes.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, says:

“Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the national sustainable development charity in Wales, with over 16 years’ experience of supporting change for a sustainable future. We became the Living Wage Accrediting Body for Wales in 2016 in order to work towards getting people in work out of poverty”. She continues “We support ethical employment practices generally and through the Living wage can help deliver real benefits to the people living and working in the most deprived areas of Wales; there are huge inequalities that urgently need redressing. With over 4,000 Living Wage accredited employers across the UK, 150,000 people are now receiving an increased salary (with £613 million extra in low paid workers pockets since the start of the campaign). However, there are currently just 144 accredited employers in Wales. Through working in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, Welsh Government and the TISCreport we hope to strengthen this work in the UK as well as improving local economies in Wales and making sure everyone has the opportunity of fair wages.”

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE, CEO, TISCreport, adds

“We’re really proud to be able to announce the addition of data showing if an organisation is an accredited Living Wage Employer (or not) to the TISCreport transparency in supply chains register as part of our partnership with Welsh Government to encourage ethical employment in supply chains”. She adds “Further, our partnership with the Living Wage Foundation will enable us to raise awareness with our public, private and voluntary members about which of their suppliers are accredited Living Wage Employers across the whole of the UK. Members of the public will also be able to see this publicly on our site. We will update this monthly and look forward to celebrating more workers in public supply chains paid at or above the Living Wage.”

TISCreport has built its platform to enable buyers to quickly check their supply chains for available corporate transparency data. Just by uploading their suppliers from their systems, public sector buyers can keep their supply chains transparent, and they can check modern slavery act compliance for free.”

In accordance with section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act TISCreport tracks websites of all those companies and groups known by the system to be over £36M in turnover as well as recording voluntary compliance from organisations below the threshold. More critically, the system automatically alerts companies that are overdue that they need to take action as long as social media or email contact details are available.

The TISCreport dynamic dataset is continually being updated, and there are now 917 UK public bodies within the system. It is a certified open data provider, free to join, enabling an in-depth drill down of data against shared supply chains via a private, secure dashboard. Uniquely, beyond the UK, TISCreport interlocks intelligently with related global legislations focussing on supply chain transparency and tackling modern slavery/ human trafficking.

Says Stuart Gallemore, CTO of TISCreport,

“We’re worked hard to create a platform to help organisations fight modern slavery collaboratively, compatible with global technology systems and that is GDS compliant. With critical mass reached on the compliance data side we are now looking to join things up quickly with intelligence on the ground that can help real victims of exploitation. We’re integrating rapidly now with numerous related data sets that provide even deeper insights for all our members. The Anti-Slavery Helpline team are on the front foot with their approach to data sharing. These are exciting times!”

As a B-Corp social enterprise, TISCreport funds itself through subscription fees and data services from organisations able to afford the £200 annual fee. 50% of the subscription fee goes directly to anti-slavery charity Unseen, which runs the UK Anti-Slavery Helpline.[:]

Cardiff Council Extends Living Wage Financial Scheme

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Cardiff Council’s ambition is to make Cardiff a ‘Living Wage City’. They believe that paying the ‘real’ Living Wage is a key indicator of an employer’s commitment to fair work practices.

For organisations of up to 250 employees who become an accredited Living Wage Employers before 31st March 2019 the Council is offering to pay up to 3 years of accreditation fees.

The financial assistance offered is a one-off and it will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

The maximum support is £720 depending on size of your organisation.

Please download the attached leaflet for more information and eligibility criteria.

If you would like more information about the Living Wage or if you are interested in joining the growing number of Living Wage accredited employers please get in contact.

Cynnal Cymru are the Living Wage accreditation body for Wales.

Please contact Bethan on 02920 431746 if you are interested in becoming a Living Wage employer.

Visit the Living Wage website for more information.

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Uchelgais Cyngor Caerdydd yw gwneud Caerdydd yn ‘Ddinas Cyflog Byw’. Credwn fod talu’r Cyflog Byw ‘go iawn’ yn ddangosydd allweddol o ymrwymiad cyflogwr i arferion gwaith teg.

Mae’r Cyngor yn cynnig talu hyd at 3 blynedd o ffioedd achredu ar gyfer sefydliadau sydd â hyd at 250 o gyflogeion sy’n dod yn Gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw Achrededig cyn 31 Mawrth 2019.

Cynnig untro yw’r cynnig hwn am gymorth ariannol ac fe’i dyfernir ar sail y cyntaf i’r felin.

£720 yw’r mwyafswm y gellir ei roi, yn dibynnu ar faint y sefydliad.

Mae rhagor o wybodaeth yn y daflen sydd wedi ei hamgáu ac mae’n egluro pwy sy’n gymwys.

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2018 Living Wage Champion Awards

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There are 4 weeks left to apply for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards and Cynnal Cymru would like to encourage Welsh organisations to apply for the awards. The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

The Awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage.

The categories for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards are:

Industry Leadership Award (3 awards)

Three awards for employers leading change in particular industries.

 

Friendly Funder Award

An award for a Friendly Funder, showing leadership on the Living Wage through grant-making.

 

Recognised Service Provider Award

An award for a Recognised Service Provider, showing leadership on the Living Wage in the FM or services industry and successfully championing the Living Wage to clients.

 

Living Wage Innovation Awards (1 for a large organisation, 1 for a small organisation)

An award for organisations showing innovation or furthering the reach of the Living Wage – whether that be in their procurement, their influence or employment practices that complement the Living Wage and reduce in-work poverty.

 

Local Authority Leadership

An award for a local authority who has shown innovation and leadership in furthering the reach of the Living Wage.

 

Civil Society Leadership (3 awards)

Three awards for members of civil society who have gone above and beyond to champion the Living Wage. Applications will be through public nominations rather than applications.

 

Employees’ Choice Award

An award, that will be selected from the applications from all the other awards, based on the testimonies given. It will celebrate those employers who have made steps to and succeeded in reducing in-work poverty and improving the well being of its employees. This award is not open for applications.

 

The Awards are free to enter, and the deadline for applications is 20th February 2018. The winners will be announced in early June.

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Making Cardiff a Living Wage City

[:en]Cardiff Council has launched a Real Living Wage Accreditation Support Scheme for SMEs, which offers financial support to organisations who become accredited Living Wage employers.

The ‘real’ Living Wage is paid by employers on a voluntary basis, it is an hourly rate which is set independently and updated yearly. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and currently stands at £8.75 in Wales. The aim of the Living Wage is that no one should have to do a day’s work for less than they can live on.

The new scheme pays up to three years of accreditation fees for Cardiff based SMEs if they gain accreditation between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018. The level of assistance available depends on the nature of the organisation and the number of employees.

There are now 122 accredited Living Wage employers in Wales, 37 of whom are Cardiff based – a doubling in 2017.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited Living Wage employer or find out more, please go to the Living Wage Foundation website[:]

Business Benefits of the Living Wage

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Cardiff Business School welcomed a diverse panel of speakers including a partner from a Cardiff-based commercial law firm, a Labour Councillor, a Professor of Employment Relations and the University’s Chief Operating Officer in the latest of its Executive Education Breakfast Briefing series.

The briefing, held during Living Wage Week, examined why employers choose to pay the Living Wage and the benefits, for both businesses and their employees, resulting from accreditation.

Following an introduction by Edmund Heery, Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School, the attendees heard an outline of the findings of his research conducted alongside colleagues Dr Deborah Hann and Dr David Nash.

Their report, The Living Wage Employer Experience, found employer commitment to the voluntary Living Wage is strong, and the experience of most accredited employers has been positive.

Professor Heery said: “The Living Wage is important because we have a terrible problem of low pay in the UK and particularly here in Wales, which is the lowest paying region in the UK…”

Next, Chris Weaver, Labour Councillor for Cathays, and Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Finance, gave an overview of Cardiff City Council’s experience of Living Wage accreditation, gained in 2015.

He also shared a promotional film with attendees showcasing the work of the Council’s Commissioning and Procurement Team championing the Living Wage above and beyond accreditation.

Mr Weaver said: “The Living Wage has helped over 2,500 of our staff. It shows we value our workforce. It matters for social justice in the city and we’d encourage everyone to become a real living wage employer.”

“Doing the right thing”

The audience also heard from Damian Phillips, a partner at Darwin Gray LLP, who spoke of the pride of working for a Living Wage accredited employer.

This year, Darwin Gray LLP became Wales’ first Law firm to obtain Living Wage accreditation.

Mr Phillips said: “Being an accredited Living Wage Employer is important because we feel it’s about doing the right thing for our staff, for our contracted staff and for society as a whole.”

Cardiff University’s Chief Operating Officer, Jayne Sadgrove, closed proceedings.

As well as endorsing Cardiff Council and Darwin Gray LLP’s experiences of Living Wage accreditation, Ms Sadgrove looked forward to consider the steps that can be taken to make Wales a Living Wage Economy in her new role as Chair of the Wales Living Wage Leadership Group.

The session was followed by an engaging panel discussion which considered how Wales might increase its number of Living Wage accredited employers from 117.Miss the briefing? Catch up now.

Register now for the next Executive Education Breakfast Briefing – Everyone deserves a chance to work – on 12 December 2017.

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Living Wage Week launch

[:en]On Monday 06 November, Cynnal Cymru in partnership with Citizens Cymru launched Living Wage week in Wales with a business breakfast at Capitol Law.

Chris Nott, Senior Partner in Capitol Law and newly appointed Prince of Wales Ambassador for Responsible Business in Wales sponsored the event and spoke about how the living wage benefits individuals as well as society. Capitol Law became the 100th accredited employer in Wales in July, enshrining in official accreditation what had long been their established practice as a responsible business.

The event was hosted by Cynnal Cymru Director, Mari Arthur and Citizens Cymru Community Organiser, Ali Abdi and demonstrated the need to increase the number of Living Wage employers in Wales. Delegates heard from the new Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Group and Chief Operating Officer of Cardiff University, Jayne Sadgrove who spoke about the growth of the Living Wage movement in Wales throughout the last year. Cynnal Cymru became the official accreditation body for the Living Wage in Wales in November 2016 and the number of accredited employers in Wales has increased more than 30% from 80 to 114.

Hannah Searle, an employee from the Museum of the Welsh Soldier spoke about the difference being paid the Living Wage has made to her life, ensuring she has been able to support herself throughout her degree.

Cardiff Council received the Living Wage champion Award for 2017 for all their work in aiming to make Wales a Living Wage city including providing financial support for SME’s who would like to become accredited employers.

Careers Wales and Cardiff Third Sector Council were presented with their plaques for recently becoming accredited Living Wage employers and WCVA were announced as the first Friendly Funder in Wales.

The new Living Wage rates for 2017/18 were revealed on Monday by the First Minister for Wales; Carwyn Jones are £8.75 an hour, and £10.20 per hour for those in London.

The entire country of Wales has a problem of low pay. Whilst there have been falls in pensioner and child poverty compared to ten years ago, the proportion of households in Wales with people of working-age in poverty remains high. A quarter of all Welsh workers still don’t earn a real Living Wage.  Around 700,000 people, about 23% of the population of Wales are in poverty.

These figures come at a time when employment in Wales is the highest on record and the number of children living in workless households is continuing to fall. This shows that people are not being lifted out of poverty through work. Employees gaining the Living Wage is a way to lift people in work, out of poverty.

There are currently 114 accredited Living Wage employers in Wales. These organisations chose to pay their directly employed staff and any contracted staff such as cleaners, security or catering staff, more than the government legal minimum wage.  The Living Wage campaign in Wales has, to date guaranteed a Living Wage to more than 35,000 workers, raised the wages of almost 6000 people, and put an extra £15 million into the back pockets of low-paid workers in Wales.

Cynnal Cymru hopes to reach 150 accredited Living Wage employers by the end of 2017. For more information on the living wage in Wales please visit www.cynnalcymru.com/living-wage  or contact Megan David – megan@cynnalcymru.com.

 

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LIVING WAGE FOR WALES HOURLY RATE INCREASES TO £8.75

[:en]24% of workers in Wales are still earning less than the Living Wage for Wales. 15,117,264 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in Wales since the voluntary movement started in 2011. The independently calculated rate reflects rise in cost of living

 The Living Wage Foundation have today announced the new Living Wage for Wales of £8.75 per hour. Workers in Wales must earn £8.75 p/h if they are to make ends meet with dignity.

Living Wage new rate announced

More than 114 Welsh employers have committed to give staff a pay rise as the new Living Wage for Wales rate rises to £8.75 due to rising inflation. The Living Wage rates are independently calculated and based on the real cost of living,

The Living Wage for Wales rate has increased by 30p from £8.45 to £8.75 which is a 3.6% rise on last year.

The announcements come after new research published by KPMG yesterday showed that 268,000 people are still paid less than the Living Wage for Wales.

Living Wage for Wales employers have welcomed the news, with the Living Wage Foundation announcing new accredited employers to coincide with the week including:

  • Careers Wales
  • Wales Co-operative Centre
  • Cardiff Third Sector Council

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Ruth Marks, WCVA – first Welsh, Friendly Funder, Cllr Chris Weaver, Cardiff Council and C3SC[:]

Only 1 Week to Apply for the Sustain Wales Awards!

[:en]With only one week left to apply for the Sustain Wales Awards, we’ve put together a few words of encouragement and advice from one of our judges, to help you create that Award-winning entry.

As always we are looking for outstanding individuals, projects or initiatives that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.

Our 2016 winners had some truly inspirational stories to tell with applications coming in lots of different shapes and sizes. From Halen Môn’s approach to resource reduction and biodiversity enhancement to the collaborative ‘Healthy Hillsides’ project, tackling wildfires in the South Wales Valleys to Dŵr Cymru’s ambition to reduce it’s carbon emissions through initiatives like Rainscape.


Top tips on Writing a Winning Application

Cynnal Cymru Sustainability Consultant and judge, Rhodri Thomas, shares some of his top tops when writing your application:

Tell us what you have you changed as a result of your actions. What has made a real difference to your organisation, environment or your community.

Provide facts and figures to back up your application. This can include financial savings or carbon cutting. If it’s a visual change, consider including before and after photos that help demonstrate how something has improved.

Remember to include the big and the little things. As well as the high impact achievements make sure you capture the smaller things that have had a positive effect. Also try to include the surprising or unintended results that have made a difference.

Keep your answers concise and to the point – The judges have hundreds of entries to read so keep it simple and focus on the highlighting the key achievements of the project to really grab the judges’ attention. Try to use plain English, avoiding specialist jargon or over technical descriptions.

Sustainability is all about long-term thinking, so your submission can be part of a much bigger project. The key criteria is that your project has reached a significant milestone in the last year which has already created change.

Always keep in mind the Five Ways of Working outlined in the Application Guidance pack.

five ways of working

Applications need to be submitted by the deadline of Friday 08 September 2017.

Good Luck!


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The Living Wage Foundation are recruiting!

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation are looking for two new members to join their growing team – a Media Manager and a Communications and Events Intern.

MEDIA MANAGER 

Salary: £35,950-£39,600 including London Weighting
Hours: Full time, flexible
Contract: Permanent

The Living Wage Foundation has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Media Manager to join our fast-paced, dynamic and growing team. You will be responsible for developing and delivering creative media campaigns to support all aspects of our work. We are looking for a passionate and proactive self-starter with demonstrable media relations experience and a talent for building relationships with journalists, developing key messages and securing media coverage.

Please see full job description and personal specification here: LWF Media Manager – Job Description.doc

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS INTERN

Salary: Paid the London Living Wage (£9.75 per hour)
Hours: Part time (3 days a week)
Contract: Temporary (3 months)

Living Wage Week takes place each year during the first week of November (5th-10th November 2017) during which the new UK and London Living Wage rates are announced. We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Events and Communications Intern to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of Living Wage Week 2017. The role will involve fielding enquiries about Living Wage Week, providing event assistance, promotion, planning, budgeting and production and leading on the Living Wage Week full team evaluation project.

Please see full job description and personal specification here: LWF Communications and Events Intern – Job Description.doc

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Method: Send CV and covering letter of no more than 2 pages
Submit to: accreditation@livingwage.org.uk
Please note: The subject heading of the email must contain the applicant’s name and the job title

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Capital Law – Wales’s 100th Living Wage Employer!

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation and Cynnal Cymru are delighted to announce that Capital Law has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer. This means Wales has reached 100 accredited Living Wage employers.

Since November 2016, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales have become the official accreditation body for the Living Wage in Wales, and the number of organisations paying the Living Wage has increased by a fifth.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Capital Law, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45, and £9.75 in London. Both these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

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

Paul Clayton, HR Director at Capital Law said: “We are thrilled to be announced as the 100th accredited Living Wage employer in Wales. We are very passionate about being a responsible employer and have been working with our contractors to ensure everyone who works for Capital Law is being paid at least the Living Wage. We look forward to working with Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales to increase the number of Living Wage employers in Wales.”

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

 

Economy Secretary, Ken Skates said: “This is welcome news and another step towards the real living wage becoming common place in Wales. What we all want to see is a fairly rewarded, productive workforce driving a thriving Welsh Economy and I’m delighted to see Capital Law join the growing list of companies recognising the value of the real living wage and implementing it voluntarily”.

 

Leader of Cardiff Council, Councillor Huw Thomas said: “It is wonderful to see Capital Law become Wales’ 100th Living Wage Employer and I am pleased to offer my congratulations to them on this fantastic achievement. Five years ago, Cardiff Council voted to become a Living Wage Employer and it was the proudest vote I’ve cast so far. The Council is proud to have paid the Living Wage to all its employees since 2012, and as I indicated during the recent launch of Capital Ambition, where the Council has led, I expect others to follow. I am therefore delighted to see Capital Law join the growing number of employers who are voluntarily signing up to become Living Wage Employers.”

Cllr Thomas added: “Cardiff Council is encouraging employers to sign up to pay the Living Wage to help Cardiff gain recognition as a Living Wage City and we are running a scheme offering financial support to organisations who become accredited Living Wage Employers over the next 12 months.”

 

Director of Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, Mari Arthur said: “We are delighted to welcome Capital Law to the Living Wage movement as the 100th accredited Living Wage employer in Wales. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. The Living Wage Foundation have accredited more than 3,300 leading employers, including Capital Law, ranging from independent printers, bookshops, breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the National Living Wage is not good business. Customers expect better than that.”

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