Careers Wales Celebrates Living Wage Committment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Careers Wales, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Careers Wales, 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. 

Denise Currell, Head of People Development for CCDG said: “I’m proud that Careers Wales is now a Living Wage Employer. Our staff, from our careers advisors in schools across Wales to our head office employees, are at the very heart of what we do. As advocates of fair employment, becoming a Living Wage employer is a natural step in the right direction for us and will help us to improve staff motivation as well as retain and attract a quality workforce.”

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 Careers Wales 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 3,500 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 Careers Wales join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

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