[:en]Cynnal Cymru and the Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that WCVA has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London. Both of 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 and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.
Ruth Marks, Chief Executive, WCVA said: “WCVA has a range of progressive and inclusive working practices. Our reward and recognition policy values all our staff and the opportunity to demonstrate this by becoming a Living Wage employer is really important to us.
“Many charities in Wales support people through issues connected with ‘in work poverty’ and wider social challenges including health, mental health, transport, housing and digital inclusion. In our view the living wage is a positive movement for society and particularly our members and the organisations we support in the third sector.”
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 WCVA 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 3000 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, 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 WCVA, join us because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”