Following Living Wage Week, we are now celebrating our three year anniversary as a Living Wage employer!
The former Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust became a Living Wage Employer in December 2015, and this commitment was maintained two years later when our Manchester colleagues joined us to form Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. GMW was the first NHS trust in the North West to pay the Living Wage to all staff.
In November 2017, as part of Living Wage Week, the Living Wage increased to £8.75 (outside of London), which was implemented across the Trust within six months of the annoucement.
The real Living Wage is voluntarily paid by over 4,400 organisations accross the UK, and is higher than the Government's National Living Wage, which is the mimimum wage for those over 25. The rate is calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on evidence about living standards in London and the UK.
Andrew Maloney, Director of HR and Corporate Affairs, said: "We are so pleased to have reached our third year as a Living Wage Employer. We value the contribution of all of our staff highly, and it is fantastic to be able to celebrate the anniversary of our commitment to paying all staff enough for a good standard of living.
"As we have celebrated 70 years of the NHS this year, we have had the opportunity to thank our staff for their contribution to the success of the Trust and their dedication to their roles - without them, GMMH would not be what it is. This is why one of our aims for 2019 is to pay all of our apprentices the National Living Wage too, including them in the groups of staff who are able to benefit from this pay rate."
?The Living Wage Foundation states that 87% of people think companies should voluntarily pay the Real Living Wage, and 90% of consumers agreed that pay should reflect living costs.