We are delighted to announce that today we have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Parkhaven Trust receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50. Which is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.
We are based in Maghull, Liverpool. In the North West region nearly a quarter of all jobs (20%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 584,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Kim Crowe, Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that by careful financial management we are now in a position to be able to offer the real Living Wage to staff in recognition of the hard work over the past year.
The real Living Wage of £9.50 an hour will be the minimum hourly rate we will pay to our staff. By doing this over half of our staff will move up to at least £9.50 an hour, with EVERYONE receiving at least a 2% pay increase this year. This is above the national average.”
Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Parkhaven Trust has joined the movement of over 7,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Parkhaven Trust, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”