Crawley Borough Council has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. This means that all directly employed staff are paid a minimum of the Living Wage, with the exception of apprentices and under 18s who are exempt. The Living Wage is calculated according to the cost of living in the UK.
Crawley Borough Council has committed to working to make Crawley a Living Wage zone. The Council will be working with other local accredited businesses to promote the Living Wage campaign across the neighbouring business community. Our aim is to support and encourage as many local businesses as possible to commit to paying their employees the Living Wage.
To find out more about the Council’s Living Wage campaign - please sign up to the CBC business newsletter for regular updates on Living Wage news, promotional activities and events.
Councillor Peter Lamb , Crawley Borough Council on the Living Wage
Emma Kosmin , The Living Wage Foundation on the Living wage
Zoe Wright , B&CE on the Living wage
The Living Wage is paid by employers on a voluntary basis. It is an hourly rate which is set independently and updated yearly. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and currently stands at £8.75 compared to the National Living Wage of £7.50 for those aged over 25 or the National Minimum Wage of £7.05 for 21-24 year olds.
The aim of the Living Wage is that no one should have to do a day's work for less than they can live on. The Living Wage accreditation intends to recognise the dignity of work and the importance for individuals, families and society of people being able to earn a wage which provides an acceptable standard of living.
It can have a positive impact on productivity and staff turnover so not only makes good business sense but offers wider economic and social benefits too. Employers who are interested can find out more at www.livingwage.org.uk
The council are encouraging local organisations and businesses to pay their staff a minimum of the Living Wage. Find out more about becoming a Living Wage employer .
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