Kier Harlow joins Harlow Council as a Living Wage Employer.

Politics / Mon 18th Aug 2014 at 05:57pm

THE Living Wage is an hourly rate (currently £7.65 per hour, compared to the Minimum Wage which is currently £6.31 per hour) set independently and updated annually, based on the cost living in the UK. The Living Wage campaign has been running for over 10 years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.

Harlow Council officially attained Living Wage Employer status in July 2013.

Kier regional operations director, John Phillips, said:

“At Kier, we are dedicated to providing the very best opportunities for our employees, as well as investing in the communities in which we work.

“Our commitment to the Living Wage standard is just a small step in recognising the vital contribution our staff make to the local community and our company.”

The Leader of Harlow Council, Councillor Jon Clempner, said:

“I am really pleased to see that Kier Harlow Ltd has achieved Living Wage Employer status.

“This takes Harlow one step closer to achieving the Council’s aspiration of making Harlow a Living Wage town to ensure that low-paid staff are protected and looked after, which is something my predecessor, Mark Wilkinson, had championed in addition to the introduction of the Living Wage within Harlow Council.”

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Paying employees a living wage as a minimum is fair, increases equality and independence and has real benefits for employers and the local economy. It’s great news that Kier Harlow Ltd has joined the growing number of organisations paying staff a living wage.”

Kier Living WageTo find out more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer visit www.livingwage.org.uk

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