Cardiff Window Cleaning Company gains Living Wage Accreditation

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that their latest living wage accreditation goes to The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company Ltd, today accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017. We fully support and are proud to show our living wage accreditation here.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Joseph Richards, Managing Director at The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company said

“We believe that our staff are the most important asset of our company, in fact of any company. Therefore, we are proud to pay the Living Wage as a minimum to all our team.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:

“We welcome The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

“We are a movement of over 3700 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

Living Wage Contact

John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information on our commitment to The Living Wage.

What The Living Wage Accreditation Means to Us

Paying more than the government’s minimum wage is not just a choice

It’s a responsibility for employers in the UK. By offering the Real Living Wage, employers can make a positive impact on their employees’ lives and the overall well-being of society. Here are compelling reasons from The Living Wage on why it is important for employers in the UK to pay more than the government’s minimum wage.

Addressing the cost of living crisis

According to research by the Living Wage Foundation, the cost of living crisis continues to impact low-paid workers in the UK. Paying the Real Living Wage helps these workers cope with persistently high costs and provides them with a vital cost-of-living pay boost.

Quote: “As inflation eases, we cannot forget that low-paid workers remain at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis… These new Real Living Wage rates are a lifeline for the 460,000 workers who will get a pay rise.” – Katherine Chapman, Living Wage Foundation Director.

Supporting workers’ financial well-being

By paying more than the minimum wage, employers contribute to the financial stability and security of their employees. The Real Living Wage offers a higher pay rate that reflects the basic cost of living, helping workers meet their needs and reduce financial stress.

Quote: “This meaningful increase represents a significant investment to provide greater financial stability and security that better supports our co-workers’ financial, mental, and physical wellbeing.” – Darren Taylor, Country People and Culture Manager at IKEA UK.

Boosting productivity and employee morale

Paying above the minimum wage has been shown to improve employee morale, job satisfaction, and overall productivity. When workers feel valued and adequately compensated, they are more likely to be motivated and engaged in their work, leading to higher quality output.

Quote: “People are our biggest asset, and paying the Real Living Wage and above has significant benefits to both our colleagues and the company… We have seen productivity improvements while delivering reduced labor turnover and decreased staff absences.” – Brett Mendell, Director at a Living Wage Employer.

Reducing income inequality

The government’s minimum wage may not always align with the actual cost of living, particularly in high-cost areas like London. Paying the Real Living Wage helps bridge the gap and supports a fairer distribution of income. It addresses income inequality and improves the standard of living for low-paid workers.

Quote: “The new Real Living Wage rates are now worth over £3,000 more per year in the UK than the minimum wage and over £5,000 more in London.” – Living Wage Foundation.

Enhancing corporate reputation and social responsibility

By paying above the minimum wage, employers demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility and ethical business practices. Becoming a Living Wage Employer can positively impact a company’s brand reputation, attract socially-conscious customers and investors, and establish positive relationships with employees and the wider community.

Quote: “During these tough economic times, it is heartening that record numbers of employers are signing up to join the Living Wage movement, protecting everyone who works for them – including cleaners – from rising prices and seeing the benefits of a more motivated and engaged workforce.” – Living Wage Foundation.

Paying more than the government’s minimum wage is not just a legal obligation but a chance for employers to make a positive difference. By offering the Real Living Wage, employers in the UK can:

  • address the cost of living crisis,
  • support workers’ financial well-being,
  • boost productivity,
  • reduce income inequality, and
  • enhance their corporate reputation.

The Real Living Wage upholds this win-win for both employers and employees and we at The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company support the foundation’s work to raise the minimum wage..

Read more on the Living Wage Foundation Website

Let’s Sum Up The Living Wage Accreditation Benefits

Living Wage accreditation is a voluntary scheme

It allows organisations to demonstrate their commitment to paying their employees a fair wage that meets the cost of living.

Who Can Apply for Accreditation

Companies of any size, from any sector, and from anywhere in the UK can apply to become a Living Wage Employer.

To receive the accreditation, they must pay all their employees our set wage. Over the age of 18 it’s a rate that meets the real Living Wage rate set by the Living Wage Foundation. This rate is higher than the government’s minimum wage and is based on the cost of living in the UK.

Why Organisations Should Consider Accreditation

Becoming a Living Wage accredited employer allows organisations to make a public commitment to paying a fair wage to their employees. Accredited employers are certified by the Living Wage Foundation.  This can provide guidance on how to implement the Living Wage through procurement.

The accreditation process ensures that annual pay increases are linked to the cost of living.

Benefits of Accreditation

By becoming a Living Wage Employer, organisations will appear on the Living Wage Foundation website and searchable map. This makes it easier for customers and prospective employees to find them. Accredited employers have the opportunity to work with the foundation on press coverage. This will promote their commitment to the real Living Wage.

Accredited businesses are also eligible to use the Living Wage Employer Mark, which is a plaque, merchandise, and digital assets to showcase their commitment. Living Wage Employers receive a Living Wage Week pack. This includes materials and guidance on how to be part of the national celebrations.

Lastly, accredited employers are informed and kept up to date via the foundation’s regular newsletter.

The Accreditation Process is straightforward

Companies can start by getting in touch with the Living Wage Foundation. There are sliding scale annual accreditation fees based on organisation size. This makes the process accessible to smaller organisations. The fees are deliberately low, with all proceeds returning to the foundation to support and develop the movement of businesses, companies, and people campaigning for a fair wage.

Living Wage Accreditation is a voluntary scheme for organisations: To demonstrate their commitment to responsible employer practices.

It provides numerous benefits to businesses and employees alike, including better morale, retention rates, and a positive reputation. To become a Living Wage Employer, companies need to pay their employees a rate set by the Living Wage Foundation, which is higher than the government’s minimum wage.

The foundation provides guidance to help employers implement the Living Wage practice and ensures that annual pay rises are linked to the cost of living.

Accrediting as a Living Wage Employer is an excellent place for companies in the UK to start if they want to show their commitment to paying a fair wage to their employees. Read more on the Living Wage Foundation Website