The Heart of England Forest is delighted to have been awarded the Living Wage Foundation accreditation, recognising our commitment to paying our staff a real living wage based on the true cost of living.
The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week.
Beth Brook, chief executive, said: “We are extremely proud to be a Living Wage Employer, joining companies such as Ikea, Aviva, Oxfam and Nationwide in choosing to go further than the government minimum and voluntarily pay all our staff the real Living Wage.
“The real Living Wage also recognises that under 25’s have the same living costs as everyone else. So, from our apprentice to our interns to our subcontracted staff, our team knows that we believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.
“The important work of the charity would not be possible without our hardworking and dedicated team. Staff wellbeing and morale is at the heart of all we do, so we want to pay everyone a wage they can live on.”
Not only does the Living Wage benefit our existing employees, the accreditation will also help us to attract and retain high quality staff in the future, allowing the charity to benefit from expertise to help us to deliver our charitable objectives.
Find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk.