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South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner formally accredited as a living wage employer

Last Updated: 19/12/2019

We are delighted to announce that we are now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff working for the South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner will earn a real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. It is currently £9.00 in the UK. Workers who are paid the Real Living Wage can benefit in many ways with research illustrating how those who are paid the Real Living Wage have higher levels of well-being than those who are not.

Over 4,700 organisations, including ourselves, voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage because we believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

This commitment applies to not only directly employed staff but also to our third party contracted staff and we have ensured that we either pay, or have a plan in place to ensure that all our third party contracted staff, such as our cleaners, are paid the real Living Wage.

South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said:

 “I am delighted that I have been formally accredited as a Living Wage employer. We are committed to working with the police and our partners to create a safer South Wales and if we are to achieve this aim, it is critical that we recognise people as our most important asset.

“As a team we recognise the importance of paying the real Living Wage and the difference it can make to the lives of people. My staff work hard in support of operational colleagues and partners to help create safe, confident and resilient communities and deserve to be paid a fair rate of pay.”

You can find other organisations who pay the Living Wage here:

https://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-map




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