BIFM Support for Living Wage Week

10-11-17 10:40 BIFM

This week (5 to 11 November) BIFM has been supporting Living Wage Week, the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK.

The Living Wage movement is made up of employers, experts, organisations and people who all believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay.

On 6 November, the Living Wage Foundation announced that its new Living Wage hourly rates are increasing to £8.75 across the UK and £10.20 in London as the cost of living rises. These new Living Wage rates for 2017 – 2018 will apply to all accredited employers and participating recognised service providers.

On Thursday (9 November), Linda Hausmanis, BIFM CEO, chaired a successful Service Providers Breakfast event, organised by the Living Wage Foundation at the Aviva Digital Garage in Hoxton.  The event aimed to inform service providers of the benefits of paying the Living Wage and for existing Recognised Service Providers to share expertise in overcoming barriers to implementing the Living Wage.

Linda Hausmanis, CEO at BIFM said: "BIFM was very happy to support the Living Wage Foundation’s event and to celebrate the positive effects of the Living Wage on both individuals and businesses.

“As the professional body for facilities management, actively promoting excellence in the workplace, it is right that we apply the Living Wage in our own workplace and support BIFM members who want to sign up to the scheme to the best of our ability."

The Living Wage Foundation was formed in 2011 by campaigners and employers who wanted to work to help implement the Living Wage. The Living Wage is annually calculated to reflect the cost of living in the UK, with a separate, higher, rate in London, and is voluntarily paid by thousands of employers in the UK.  This needs-based rate is higher than the Government’s National Minimum Wage.

In addition to supporting the work of the Living Wage Foundation, BIFM has been feeding into the work of the Low Pay Commission (LPC), whose new rates are likely to be announced in this month’s Budget.  BIFM submitted feedback on the LPC’s June’s consultation, supported case studies and provided oral evidence, all of which has been fed into the LPC’s report making recommendations to the government on new rates.

Moving forward, BIFM intends to hold an FM Leaders Forum to discuss current pay and wider employment related issues in the FM sector.  One of the outputs of that Forum will be a guidance that will support organisations adapting to the anticipated increased statutory National Living Wage and support for making a business case for those wishing to make the transition to the higher Living Wage rates.

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