Low Pay Commission is looking for more Commissioners

05-10-17 11:30 BIFM

The Government is currently recruiting four new members to serve on the Low Pay Commission, of which three will be from employee backgrounds and one from an employer background.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is an independent body set up to advise the government on the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. To date it is made up of nine Commissioners and supported by a small secretariat.  Its goal is to recommend rates that help as many low-paid workers as possible without any significant adverse effects impact on employment or the economy. This involves, considering carefully, evidence on trends in the economy, pay, the opinions of stakeholders, testimony from stakeholders, testimony from front-line visits and independent commissioned research with a view to reaching a shared judgement on the right balance.

Sofie Hooper said: “Given the size of the facilities management sector in the UK and the impact the Low Pay Commission has on a proportion of the workforce, these vacancies are a great opportunity for our members to play a role in raising the profile of the FM industry and highlighting the challenges it faces. We would encourage those members that feel passionate about the issue to apply for the vacancies, whether you are an employer or employee.”

The Commissioners are drawn from employee, employer and academic backgrounds. The Government is looking to appoint one employer member and up to three employee members. The position requires, on average, 16 days per year, a small allowance is payable for each day attended on LPC business. The Commissioner appointments process is run by the Government through the Centre for Public Appointments. The closing date for applications is 12 October.

For more information, and to apply to be a Low Pay Commissioner, visit the Centre for Public Appointments website.

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