Thousands of Employers - Living Wage Week graphic 2020Living Wage Week is the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement. This year, Living Wage Week is online - #LivingWageWeek

In December 2019, SCVS were accredited as a Real Living Wage Employer. We’re really proud of this, and wanted to share information with you about what Living Wage Week is, and encourage your organisation to make the commitment to being a Living wage employer yourselves.

  • The real Living Wage is independently calculated based on what employees and their families need to live. This is why it’s higher than the government minimum wage, rebranded as the ‘National Living Wage’.
  • Employers voluntarily choose to pay it - changing people’s lives right now.
  • It applies to all workers over 18 - recognising that young people have the same living costs as everyone else.

The Living Wage campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis - it provides an ethical benchmark for responsible pay. Recognised Service Providers work with the Living Wage Foundation to champion the Living Wage through their client contracts.

We believe that our hard-working staff deserve to be fairly paid for the value they bring to the organisation, which is why we would never pay less than the real Living Wage. SCVS and its Trustees are committed to providing an excellent working environment for our staff, and are proud to be an accredited real Living Wage employer – Amanda Carr, SCVS Director

The campaign for a Living Wage was launched by members of London Citizens in 2001. Cleaners and other outsourced workers in East London found that despite working two or more minimum wage jobs they were struggling to make ends meet, and were left with no time for community and family life. It is an example of how civil society, businesses and organisations can work together to tackle in-work poverty. It enjoys cross party support, with public backing from successive Metropolitan Mayors and MPs across the UK, including First Ministers in Wales and Scotland.

And for the SCVS Team, here are some comments about what it means to them:

"The real living wage means I have been able to afford to work part-time hours whilst enabling me to continue caring for my disabled parent."

"The real Living Wage means I can support my family, I know that I can pay rent, put food in the fridge, pay for uniforms, school dinners and all the other things my family need. Unlike other times in my life I don’t count the days away because I am living payday to payday. Less financial worries make me a more productive, focused employee. I feel valued by my employer and a sense that they hired me for my skill and what I bring to the post. I appreciate this and always do my best. I am immensely proud to be an employee of SCVS."

"The real living wage means I can afford to work part time, therefore enabling me to balance working with childcare."

To find out more about the campaign, visit: www.livingwage.org.uk