Solent Youth Services celebrates commitment to real living wage

Solent Youth Services are pleased to announce we have accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working with us receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.00 in the UK or £10.55 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £7.83 per hour.

Solent Youth Services are based on the Isle of Wight, where the South East as a region has 17% of all jobs paying less than the real Living Wage – around 635,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, and in our case, nights 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 160,000 people and put over £800m extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

We believe that our staff are our most valuable asset, and without them and their consistent hard work we would not be able to provide the essentially required service that we are able to. Becoming a Living Wage Accredited Employer is our way of recognising the difficulties that so many people are faced with, trying to make ends meet on a minimum wage, is just not realistic in today’s society where the cost of living is always rising.

Tess Lanning, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Solent Youth Services Ltd has joined the movement of over 4,700 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 IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Solent Youth Services, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”