The group which runs a community centre in Wellingborough has been praised for choosing to give its staff the Living Wage.
Glamis Hall for All has recently been accredited as a Living Wage employer with the Living Wage Foundation.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Glamis Hall, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25, which is higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over-25s of £7.20 per hour which was introduced in April.
The charity is only the sixth employer in Wellingborough to gain the accreditation and according to the Living Wage Foundation’s employer map, there are less than 70 employers across Northamptonshire that have signed up for it.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually.
It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK.
Chairman of trustees at Glamis Hall, Heather Saunders, said: “We decided right from the start, before we were even incorporated, that we wanted to do the right thing for our employees and pay them the Living Wage.
“We are proud that our business model means we are able to do what is right for our employees and still provide an affordable service to our clients.”
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
The Living Wage has cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn.
Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Glamis Hall for All to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now.
“The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 2,500 leading employers, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE.
“These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business.
“Customers expect better than that.”
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