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Julius Rutherfoord formally agrees to be a Living Wage leader
The Living Wage Foundation says it is delighted at the commitment shown by Julius Rutherfoord, the London-based contract cleaning specialist, following its decision to work with the Foundation under its Recognised Service Provider programme.
Employees working at Julius Rutherfoord's head office receive a minimum hourly London Living Wage Rate of £8.80 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.31.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the 'Minimum Income Standard' for the UK. The London rate is an additional higher rate, reflecting the inherent additional costs associated with living and working in London. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
James Bennett, Operations Director from Julius Rutherfoord says: "We are dedicated to the wellbeing of our staff - encouraging self-improvement through training, while rewarding hard work. We have committed to paying the London Living Wage rate to all our direct employees, as well as actively encouraging all clients to adopt this rate for the cleaners on their contracts.
"Julius Rutherfoord's pledge to promote the Living Wage demonstrates our ongoing commitment to both our staff and the local community, whilst also reinforcing our stance as a socially responsible company."
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the
Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore, says: "We are delighted to welcome Julius Rutherfoord to the Living Wage movement through our
Recognised Service Provider programme.
"The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day's work with a fair day's pay."
The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £7.65 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.
There are currently over 700 accredited employers.
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3rd July 2014