W E Roberts Ltd has confirmed it is now accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at WER receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.90, higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.
The company is based in the South East of England, a region where over 12% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 533,000 jobs. Despite this, WER has 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 almost 400,000 people and put over £2 bn extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
“W E Roberts understands the need for employees to be paid fairly and in line with living costs. It is a responsible business commitment which forms part of our sustainability plan,” says Ross Newberry, Client Services Manager, WER.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation, adds, “We’re delighted that W E Roberts has joined the movement of almost 11,000 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.”