THE LARDER CELEBRATES COMMITMENT TO REAL LIVING WAGE

The Larder has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at THE LARDER receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 in the UK or £10.85 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

THE LARDER is based in Scotland, a region where nearly a fifth of all jobs (17%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 380,000 jobs. Despite this, THE LARDER has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Angela Moohan, CEO, The Larder said: “This is something that we have strived for over the last three years and we are delighted that in the current economic crisis, we are able to give our lowest paid workers a higher wage, a wage that allows them to have a more dignified working experience.”

Ewan Johnstone, Kitchen/Cafe Assistant, The Larder said: “For me, the living wage is great! I get an extra £147 in my bank every month, which is really helpful to me. I can do a lot more for that money, like get driving lessons”.

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that The Larder has joined the movement of over 7,000 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.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like The Larder, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

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