Paying the Living Wage
June 30, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that Action Tutoring has been accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.
At Action Tutoring we are committed to fair pay and our staff are proud to work for an organisation that supports a campaign helping to create a fairer society. We are a small charity but believe it is crucial that responsible pay becomes an expected norm in the charity sector.
Our Living Wage commitment demonstrates that everyone working at Action Tutoring receives a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour, introduced in April 2017. The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the real costs of living. It receives cross-party political support but employers opt in to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
We welcome the recent groundswell in support for responsible pay in the charity sector, with more charities signing up to pay the Living Wage than ever before. Funders are leading the way, as they should be, with 27 “Friendly Funders” enabling fair pay by funding posts at the Living Wage rate. The Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, City Bridge Trust and Lloyds Bank Foundation have all signed up as Living Wage “Friendly Funders”.
So far, 1,042 charity sector organisations have chosen to take up Living Wage accreditation – ranging from major household names including Oxfam, Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support, to organisations like Action Tutoring, right down to small local projects serving communities right across the UK.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Action Tutoring to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. We are a movement of over 3,000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small organisations as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These organisations recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Action Tutoring join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."
At Action Tutoring we are not aiming to fulfil our mission at any cost, rather we seek to fulfil our mission in a manner that creates a better society for everyone, even if extra cost is incurred. Fairness is at the heart of the Living Wage campaign and we want to support their work to end in-work poverty.
Our CEO wrote a piece in the Charity Times in November 2016 highlighting how charities and – crucially - funders should not get preoccupied by keeping budgets as low as possible, rather they should look for how to achieve the greatest impact. Sometimes, it is necessary to spend more and, as those who strongly believe in a fairer society, it should be the charity sector leading the way.
In the wake of Small Charities Week (19 – 23 June) we encourage all of our fellow small charities out there to join us as a Living Wage Employer and make responsible pay (even for interns!) a notable and expected marker of the charity sector.