We're celebrating after being accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Irwell Valley Homes receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.00. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £7.83 per hour.
We're based in the North West, a region with nearly a quarter of all jobs (23%) paying less than the real Living Wage - around 634,000 jobs. Despite this, Irwell Valley Homes 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 over 160,000 people and put over £800m extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Sasha Deepwell, our Chief Executive said: “As a social housing provider we see first-hand the challenges people face in meeting the daily cost of living on a low income. Sadly, we also see the devasting impact it has when people are unbale to pay for the basics such as rent and food, and work closely to support our customers in this situation.
She went on to say: “We firmly believe that everyone should get paid fairly for the work they do. As well as our commitment to paying a fair day’s pay, we offer a great range of benefits and support colleagues to learn and grow so that they can reach their potential. We know that this helps us to attract and retain the very best people to help us serve our customers.”
Tess Lanning, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Irwell Valley Homes has joined the movement of over 4,700 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 IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Irwell Valley Homes, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."