Halton Housing Trust adopts Living wage to benefit employees
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing
The Living Wage was introduced to the Trust since April 1st 2014, and already employees have seen the benefits.
The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employees choose to pay a living wage on a voluntary basis; however paying the living wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society.
Adopting the Living Wage demonstrates our commitment as an employer.
A study around the benefits of implementing the living wage policy found that more than 80% of employers believe that the living wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approx. 25%.
The Living Wage affords people the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. 75% of employees reported increases in work quality as a result of receiving the Living wage.
50% of employees felt that the living wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices enabled them and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly.
Nicola Walker, HR Officer for Halton Housing Trust has said “this is a positive step for us and although we only implemented the living wage since April 1st, it’s great that employees are already seeing the benefits. We feel that this approach fits well with our Direction and ‘Improving people’s lives’”.
Sue Baxendale, Director of HR and Operational Development has said “Introducing the Living Wage not only benefits our employees and our business, but it also increases the profile of the Living Wage locally through our customers, suppliers and partners to raise the living standards in Halton
An increasing number of housing associations have already signed up and become accredited Living Wage employer. The National Housing Federation has also become an accredited organisation. Please here for a full list of accredited Living Wage employers.