Brecon Town Council is now an accredited Living Wage Employer and their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working for the Town Council receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75. The rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £7.83 per hour.
Wales is a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (24%), with around 268,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, Brecon Town Council 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 150,000 people and put over £600m extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Chair of Staff and Employment Committee said:
“Brecon Town Council is proud to have achieved accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
“We are committed to ensuring our staff and contractors are paid at least the cost of living for the work they undertake.
“Our commitment is good for the local economy and shows our drive and passion for delivering social justice.”
Tess Lanning, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:
“We’re delighted that Brecon Town Council has joined the movement of over 4,400 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the UK 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 Brecon Town Council, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”