Baggette & Company is today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Baggette & Company receive a minimum hourly wage of £10.90, higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £10.42 per hour.
Baggette & Company is based in the South West, a region where over a tenth of all jobs (11.1%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 258,000 jobs. Despite this, Baggette & Company has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers who wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since it began, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 350,000 people and put over £2 billion extra into the pockets of low-paid workers.
Jo Hjalmas, Director, Baggette & Company said “We are pleased to have received this accreditation which shows our commitment to paying all of our employees a fair salary. Becoming an accredited Living Wage employer is a decision that we made because we believe that everyone deserves to be paid a fair wage. Paying the Living Wage is a way of showing our employees that we value their work and that we care about their well-being. I encourage other businesses to consider becoming accredited Living Wage employers. It’s the right thing to do for our employees and for our communities.”
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Baggette & Company has joined the movement of over 12,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.”
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Baggette & Company, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”