As a Living Wage accredited employer, IDR is pleased to support the Living Wage Foundation’s call for key workers to receive the Living Wage. The Living Wage Foundation has calculated that over 1 million key workers are not receiving the real Living Wage. The Living Wage is estimated to be the level of hourly pay necessary for a minimum socially acceptable standard of living. The current rates are £9.30 nationally and £10.75 in London. It is voluntary and separate to the statutory National Living Wage, which for over 25s is currently £8.72 per hour.
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: ‘If this crisis has made one thing clear, it’s how much we rely on key workers to support our society. However, with almost 40% of all of our key workers earning less than the real Living Wage, and 280,000 social care workers in underpaid and insecure work, there is an urgent need to rethink how we value and reward those working in these critical roles.’
Duncan Brown, PhD, MBA, FCIPD is an independent reward researcher, adviser and trustee with more than 30 years of experience. He is a principal associate at IES, visiting professor at University of Greenwich and co-author most recently of A Handbook of Reward Management (Kogan Page, 2019. Alongside these credits he has written an article addressing how we might properly reward our care workers, which you can read here: https://www.incomesdataresearch.co.uk/resources/viewpoint/applause-is-not-enough-but-just-how-do-we-properly-reward-our-care-workers
To draw attention to some of the disparity in pay amongst key workers, the Living Wage Foundation has launched a campaign titled #LivingWage4KeyWorkers. The campaign activity involved placing print-at-home posters to display in windows and doors, to show support for a Living Wage for key workers.