Access Point Celebrates Living Wage Commitment
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Access Point Ltd has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Access Point Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
What Is The Living Wage?
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage 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.
David Robertshaw, Access Point MD commented: “It is just wrong that companies do not pay a sufficient salary so that their employees can have an acceptable standard of living. This is not a role for the Government; having to top up peoples salary because their employer doesn’t pay them enough.
We made a decision at Access Point that all members of our team can expect to earn a wage that can support them and their families, it helps that there is a benchmark in the form of the Living Wage Accreditation.”
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.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Access Point Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage 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 1,000 leading employers, including Access Point, 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 expect better than that."