The managing director at an event technology firm has urged its suppliers to pay the Living Wage.
RefTech, the event technology and data specialists, has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation in recognition of its efforts to increase rates of pay for all staff.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at RefTech, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
Margaret Reeves, managing director RefTech said: “We will be highlighting our employer living wage accreditation to our supply chain and encouraging them to follow suit, but we don’t have the clout to insist that they do. We don’t actually use many suppliers, and the type of supplier we do use are not Living Wage accredited yet, but I hope that as the campaign gains momentum it will encourage them to do so. It’s a scheme that we feel very passionately about, we were already paying over and above the living wage to all of our team because we do believe that you attract and retain better staff this way.”
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome RefTech to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”