Number of Crawley businesses paying the living wage grows

Cllr Peter Smith
Cllr Peter Smith

The number of Crawley businesses paying employees the ‘real living wage’ is growing, says a councillor.

The real living wage is £9. In London it is £10.55.

Crawley Borough Council is backing Living Wage Week.

A council spokesman said: “The real living wage is an independently calculated rate of pay based on the real cost of living and applies to all workers over the age of 18.

“Voluntarily adopted by employers, the Living Wage Foundation has been pivotal in increasing the quality of life for many employees.”

More than 4,400 businesses across the UK are part of the Living Wage Foundation and 93 per cent of those businesses have stated that becoming Living Wage accredited has benefitted their business by increasing their reputation and 86 per cent have reported an increase in staff motivation and retention rates, says the council.

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The spokesman added: “As a Living Wage employer, Crawley Borough Council has been working hard to spread the positive message of joining the Living Wage Foundation.

“In Crawley alone, there are now more than 20 Living Wage accredited businesses, including Rapidata Services, Nestle, Lush, B&CE, and Acro Aircraft Seating ltd.”

Councillor Peter Smith added: “The real Living Wage has already made a significant difference to those employees receiving it.

“I am delighted that a growing number of businesses in Crawley are signing up as living wage employers and we are encouraging more businesses to see the positive effects of accreditation and make the move to becoming accredited.

“Accreditation brings real business benefits in terms of retaining staff as well as having a happier workforce.”