As part of our dedication to improving employer standards in the non-for-profit industry, we are pleased to be officially accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a ‘Real Living Wage’ employer. This means that all EDT employees are paid what the Living Wage Foundation recommends as a fair real living wage.
The real living wage is an independent rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for organisations to ensure that staff earn a wage that goes beyond the government’s legal requirements. Employees receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the Government minimum for over 25 year olds which currently stands at £8.72 per hour.
CEO of EDT, Julie Feest says;
“It is crucial that we highlight the importance of the Real Living Wage, particularly in these unfamiliar times where families can be struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19. We are proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, celebrating the fact that we pay all our staff a meaningful wage defined by the Real Living Wage as a minimum standard. We hope that other businesses follow in the same way, to recognise each and every one of us to ensure we work and live in a sustainable way moving forward in these difficult times.”
Real Living Wage week runs from 9th to 15th November and celebrates over 6,500 employers in the UK which have signed up to the Living Wage Foundation’s commitment to voluntarily pay a real living wage to all staff as a minimum. The campaign will share stories of how providers accredited by the foundation have implemented the real living wage and how it has benefited their staff and services.
To find out more, visit: www.livingwage.org.uk