Bridgend County Borough Council has been officially recognised as a Real Living Wage accredited employer by the Living Wage Foundation, an organisation which uses wider cost of living factors to calculate more realistic hourly rates of pay for people aged 23 and over.
Intended to provide employers with a voluntary benchmark so that staff can earn a wage they can actually live on, the Living Wage Foundation estimates that almost a fifth of all workers (17.9 per cent) in Wales currently earn less than they need to get by, and that around 223,000 jobs pay less than the real Living Wage.
Employers who sign up to the Real Living Wage agree to pay their staff a minimum of £9.90 an hour instead of the £8.91 national rate.
The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “While Bridgend County Borough Council first committed itself towards paying the Real Living Wage more than two years ago, gaining official accreditation sends a signal to prospective employees that we are a responsible employer.
“The accreditation follows a great deal of hard work carried out alongside Cynnal Cymru. It reflects our desire to improve terms and conditions, and to ensure that staff are treated properly for delivering important public services, often to the most vulnerable members of the community.
“By leading by example, we are encouraging our contractors and suppliers to also pay the Real Living Wage in line with our commitments under the Ethical Employment in Supply Chains Code of Practice.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We are delighted that Bridgend County Borough Council has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.”