St Albans Diocese joins Living Wage Employers
11th November 2014
The Living Wage Foundation has announced that it has accredited the Diocese of St Albans as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment sees everyone working at the Diocesan Office, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or thirdparty contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 -significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
Simon Best, Chair of the Board for Church and Society, said “For St Albans Diocese the Living Wage is a matter of justice and sets an example to pay more than just the bare minimum to the lower paid.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore, said: “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.”
“We have accredited over 850 leading employers, including the Diocese of St Albans, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”