This morning at the headquarters of LUSH cosmetics in Soho, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced an inflation beating increase in the London Living Wage from £9.75 to £10.20 per hour. He also revealed that another 470 firms had signed up to the LLW, bringing the total number of London employers paying this voluntary rate to 1,502.
“Paying the London Living Wage is not only the action of a responsible organisation, but a successful one too.” Said Mayor Khan, “Many of the accredited employers I speak to tell me of the increased productivity and reduced staff turnover that they’ve experienced since signing up.”
The Living Wage is a voluntary pay rate that is independently calculated, based on the real cost of living in the UK and London. The 2017 increases have been largely driven by higher inflation feeding through to the basket of goods and services that underpin the rates, with rising private rents and transport costs also having an impact.
Enhance Cleaning was one of the first three companies in the UK to be recognised as a ‘Living Wage Service Provider’ in October 2013. Managing Director Sandy Aird explains that it was an easy decision to embrace the London Living Wage; “Having worked in cleaning for 25 years, I knew that paying workers a fair rate led to an immediate increase in productivity, increased customer service levels and a decrease in absenteeism.” Sandy also commented on the fact that many firms are keen to depict themselves as caring employers: “What we’re seeing with greater frequency is the way companies are looking carefully at their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how they can portray themselves as an ethical organisation, something which has become increasingly important as more companies are now using social media to expand their customer base. Converting their cleaners onto the LLW is an easy win, and typically only adds a marginal amount to the overall cost of providing a safe and productive office environment.”
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