Living Wage Week

NHS staff in the North East are benefiting from the Living Wage and are encouraging employers in the region to sign up as part of Living Wage Week 2015.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) employs more than 6,000 staff across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland and joined the Living Wage scheme in June 2014.

Living Wage week runs from Sunday 1 November to Saturday 7 November this year and is being supported by NTW. The Trust is proud to be a Living Wage Employer and is encouraging other employers to sign up to the scheme.

We currently have almost 100 members of staff who receive the Living Wage. From 16 June 2014 these members of staff have seen their pay increased. The Living Wage, which is set annually, is currently £7.85, significantly higher than the national minimum wage which is £6.70. As an Investors in People accredited employer, we adopted the Living Wage to further demonstrate commitment to our staff.

Lisa Crichton-JonesNTW Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

There are now 44 accredited employers in the North East and Living Wage Week will see the launch of a ‘Living Wage people’s movement’ involving the public to support accredited Living Wage Employers and encourage more employers to make the move.

Living Wage Week is a great opportunity to celebrate those employers who go above and beyond paying the legal minimums and reward their staff with a rate of pay calculated according to the cost of living. Accredited Living Wage employers share with us a belief that work should be the surest way out of poverty. We hope that by raising awareness of the Living Wage, and the benefits it brings for business and people, will see even more organisations follow the lead of NTW and accredit as Living Wage employers.

Sarah VeroLiving Wage Foundation Director

The week will also see awareness raising events across the country to help develop a better understanding of the scheme.