It's #LivingWageWeek and this week we will be celebrating our role as an Accredited Living Wage Employer and encouraging our partners and local businesses to join us in this movement.
Whilst Community Gateway has been an accredited Living Wage Employer since 2014, in January 2020, we became a Preston Real Wage Accredited Employer. As one of Preston’s largest employers, we play a key role in an initiative led by Preston City Council to encourage more local businesses to raise their own rates of pay to the Real Living Wage. The real Living Wage rates for 2020/21 have been announced as £9.50
Chief Executive Rob Wakefield said:
“As a community-based housing association with 93% of our colleagues living in the Preston area, it is really important to us to pay the Real Living Wage. This ensures our colleagues earn enough to live on and are fairly rewarded for the work they do. It also aligns well with our ethos of ‘giving something back’ to the local economy.”
This sentiment was backed up by Claire Smith, Head of Culture and Engagement, who added:
“We believe in valuing and recognising the hard work of our colleagues who deliver great services in our communities. As an organisation driven by strong values and ethics, treating people fairly and paying them properly is what we are all about.”
In addition to the benefits to the individual, organisations paying the Living Wage also see improvements including increased productivity and motivation. Our entry level roles all pay the Real Living Wage rate, resulting in a high volume of applications to these vacancies. We are passionate about recruiting, developing and retaining our valued colleagues, and delighted that this accreditation forms part of a package helping us to retain our talent.
The very real changes this commitment has made to individuals can be best highlighted by the positive feedback from colleagues. One of our apprentices said:
“Being on the Real Living Wage means I don’t have to worry as much about money. It’s amazing how much of a difference this has made to my overall wellbeing.”