We’ve recently signed up to the living wage campaign and wanted to tell you why.
“Launched in 2012, the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees at least £7.45 per hour.
Set independently and updated annually the Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and is the amount that allows a person to live, rather than just survive”.
We believe in paying a fair price for work done. Be it to suppliers or staff.
We also encourage all employees and sub-contractors to work flexible hours and operate a virtual office, with people working from home, coffee shops or on the beach!
I previously worked for a large corporate where flexible working was supposed to be encouraged. But I saw many cases, where ‘being seen’ mattered when it came to promotions and getting the good roles. Whilst working in Tokyo, I saw first hand an employee being discriminated against because she worked part-time. I felt this was not just unfair, but did nothing for retaining loyal, happy, motivated staff.
Paying a fair wage for work done is a key part to retaining loyal motivated staff.
We already paid our subcontractors and employees greater than the current living wage. So at first we thought that we weren’t the type of business the campaign was focusing on. But I was wrong. The campaign needs every business to sign up. As local businesses we want to send out the message that we want to work with skilled motivated people. And in return we’ll pay a fair wage which rewards for work done and enables staff to live – not just survive.
Please sign up your business here: