June 3, 2016
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that J Browne Construction, has today been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at J Browne Construction, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 outside of London and £9.40 in London - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour set to be introduced this April.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
J Browne’s Managing Director, Paul McMahon, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to be part of this scheme. We are a family business and our success over 45 years has been the result of the efforts of a talented and dedicated team who work hard every day for the business and our customers. We want to ensure they are valued properly and we believe committing to being a Living Wage employer is an easy decision and is definitely the right thing to do’
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome J Browne Construction 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 2,500 leading employers, including J Browne Construction, 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."
For more information please go to: http://www.livingwage.org.uk