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Housing association becomes living wage employer

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance

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Spectrum Housing Group has become an accredited living wage employer.

The 18,000-home provider has committed to paying its staff an hourly rate of at least £7.65.

The living wage is calculated as the minimum needed to sustain a decent standard of life.

In 2011, campaigners and leading employers from across the UK agreed a standard model, calculated by the Centre for Research in Social Policy, for setting the UK living wage outside of London.

At the same time, following consultation with campaigners, trade unions and employers, the UK launched the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Employer mark.

The campaign has impacted tens of thousands of employees and helped the pockets of some of the UK's lowest paid workers.

Anne Wildeman, Spectrum's group director of HR and business services, said: “We are delighted to be a Living Wage employer. Paying the Living Wage is a recognised sign of good practice in employment. All of our employees are paid at or above the living wage and we are proud of that fact.”

Subsidiary company Spectrum Property Care, which repairs and maintains properties all over the south of England, was the first organisation in Dorset to become an accredited living wage employer.

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