17 Nov 2022
United Welsh was first accredited as a Real Living Wage employer two years ago, and from November 1st 2022 we have increased the living wage for staff to £10.90 per hour.
The Real Living Wage is based on the cost of living. It means people are in a better position to meet their everyday needs, from the weekly shop to an emergency trip to the dentist, or a new school uniform for your child.
This month, the Living Wage foundation published the “Employee jobs paid below the living wage 2022” report by Sakinah Abdul Aziz and Joe Richardson.
The report forecasts that 3.5 million UK jobs are currently paid below the real Living Wage, the lowest level in over 10 years. However, with wages lagging behind inflation, the Living Wage Foundation’s forecasts indicate that this is a “lull before the storm”, with the figure estimated to jump to 5.1 million next year.
There are also some key findings in the report that are pertinent to us as a not-for-profit organisation:
Since we were accredited as a Living Wage employer, the United Welsh Group has created a manufacturing social enterprise called Celtic Offsite. Working from a new factory in Caerphilly, the team build timber frame structures with fitted insulation, windows and doors for low carbon homes.
The roles on offer at the factory are a great opportunity for people with no prior experience in construction; learning skills that play a key role in building homes for the future. Our ambition is to lead the way with paying third sector and manufacturing sector roles a wage that reflects their invaluable contribution.
The cost-of-living crisis is having an impact on many of us, but we know that people on lower incomes are most at risk. We hope this Living Wage Week, other employers reflect on what they can do to pay a wage based on real living costs.