Accredited Living Wage employer Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5-11 2017).
In its second year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, GMMH has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.
The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all staff at GMMH over 18 and has increased to £8.75 per hour.
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said, said:
"We are delighted to be the first NHS trust in the North West to give our staff the Living Wage rate. It is so important to us that we pay employees more than what we are legally obliged to, and offer them a decent standard of living for themselves and those who depend on them."
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation said:
“Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”
“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”
For more information about Living Wage Week go to http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week