Church House Conference Centre in London has achieved accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
The venue committed to providing its employees and contracted staff with better pay conditions as a London Living Wage employer in 2014.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the Westminster venue, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.15 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, and is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Robin Parker, general manager at Church House Conference Centre, said: “We are a venue that prides itself on the quality of service we provide – it is something which helps us win much of our repeat business. And to continue to achieve high standards we need to attract the best staff in the industry, which is why we are committed to being an employer which pays a fair wage. Being an accredited Living Wage employer is the right choice for us and will put us in a strong position when we and our contractors recruit new talent to strengthen our teams.”
Rhys Moore, Living Wage Foundation director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Church House 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. We have accredited over 1,500 leading employers, including Church House, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”