7 January 2015 - Christian Aid is delighted to announce that it has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The international development charity, which employs 536 staff across the UK, has committed to pay all UK employees, third-party contractors and suppliers the minimum hourly wage of £7.85, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
Martin Kyndt, Director of Strategy and People Management at Christian Aid said, “In our work to eradicate poverty and social injustice we strive to ensure all people are given an opportunity to earn a living wage. Accordingly, we have a responsibility to ensure all our UK based staff, and others who work with us, are fairly rewarded.
“Gaining the Living wage accreditation means that we hold ourselves accountable, ensuring salaries reflect our commitment to fairness. We hope other employers will be inspired to join the scheme.”
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. 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.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Christian Aid to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now because it 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 1,100 leading employers, including Christian Aid, 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 and communities expect better than that."
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Notes to editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org
4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire
5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk
About the Living Wage Foundation: The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
The London Living Wage is currently £9.15 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.85 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 1,100 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.