This week is Living Wage Week (2nd – 8th November). Launched in 2012, the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign aims to encourage local businesses to voluntarily pay all employees a decent hourly rate. Those behind the successful launch of the Living Wage in Brighton and Hove are the City Council and the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce.
152 businesses, charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations have now signed up to the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign. The Living Wage is currently £7.65 per hour (compared to the national minimum wage of £6.50 for those over 21). I am proud that BHT was one of the first to sign up. When we did we had to review all our salaries and found that just 3 members of staff (cleaners and kitchen porter) were below the then Living Wage … by just 2p per hour each. Rather than insulting them by giving them a 2p increase, we made it a bit more worthwhile.
There are 20 third sector organisations who are currently Living Wage employers in Brighton and Hove. What is disappointing is that there is just one estate agent (the ever-reliable Bonnetts), two firms of solicitors and just one trade union!
When deciding where you take your business, it is worth looking at the list of local Living Wage employers. The full list can be found here.
If you remain unconvinced, or want to know more about this wonderful campaign, have a look at the Living Wage website.