London contract cleaning specialist, Julius Rutherfoord is urging employers to join it in being exemplar providers by committing to paying the London Living Wage to their staff.
The Living Wage enjoys cross-party support in Parliament and employers, such as Julius Rutherfoord, who are part of the Recognised Service Provider programme report that when staff feel valued and are paid fairly for the work they carry out, the quality of their work is enhanced and absenteeism is reduced. Staff who are happy with their workplace invest more and employee retention is increased while ongoing recruitment and training costs are minimised.
Marcus Heap, Julius Rutherfoord sales and marketing director, said:
“We are a Living Wage Recognised Service Provider and are dedicated to the wellbeing of our staff, encouraging self-improvement through training, and rewarding hard work.
“We have committed to paying the London Living Wage rate to all our direct employees, as well as actively encouraging all clients to adopt this rate for the cleaners on their contracts. We have seen increased productivity as there has been less staff turnover, and less need to retrain and supervise new starters. Our staff feel valued, are happier, more motivated and therefore prepared to ‘go the extra mile’. This means our clients are very happy as there’s been an improvement in standards, consistency and engagement.
“Julius Rutherfoord’s pledge to promote the Living Wage demonstrates our ongoing commitment to both our staff and the local community, whilst also reinforcing our stance as a socially responsible company. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now and the robust calculation reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”
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. The London rate is an additional higher rate, reflecting the inherent additional costs associated with living and working in the city. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
New real Living Wage rates were announced on Monday to coincide with Living Wage Week (30 Oct – 5 Nov). The new London Living Wage has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour, whilst the UK Living Wage rate has risen by 20p from £8.25 to £8.45 per hour.