LeedsBID Receives Living Wage Accreditation

The LeedsBID celebrates its accreditation at the Living Wage business breakfast

The LeedsBID celebrates its accreditation at the Living Wage business breakfast

The living wage business breakfast hosted by Leeds Citizens and Path Yorkshire as the new real Living Wage rate for the UK was announced. The rate – £8.45 per hour – is set independently, according to the basic cost of living in Britain, and currently stands at 17% higher than the government minimum for over 25s at £7.20 per hour.

The organisation’s commitment comes following an approach from Leeds Citizens, the local civic alliance who have been campaigning for responsible employers go beyond the government minimum and adopt the real Living Wage.

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID Chief Executive said:

“LeedsBID is delighted to be an accredited Living Wage employer. Our Welcome Ambassadors and Street Rangers make a vital contribution to the Leeds visitor experience, interacting with people across the city centre and helping to raise standards.We are proud of all our staff and our Living Wage accreditation demonstrates our commitment to being a responsible employer.”

The Living Wage campaign has helped to close the cost of living gap for more than 110,000 low-paid workers across the country, and today nearly 3,000 employers have committed to ensure their employees earn a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living, not just the government minimum.

Tom Chigbo from Leeds Citizens said:

“We are delighted that LeedsBID has accredited as a Living Wage employer. This is a significant milestone for the Living Wage movement and we hope to see the Living Wage become more prominent in our city centre. This move recognises that workers deserve a wage they can live on, not simply survive, and that increasingly customers see the Living Wage as a mark of responsible business. Whilst it’s not always an easy choice for business to make, it is the right choice, and we hope that both staff and customers in the city centre will support the leadership shown by LeedsBID.”

Daniel Mundet, CEO PATH Yorkshire said:

“PATH Yorkshire, along with our HR and training partners, are supporting employers in Leeds to identify ways they can improve productivity and profitability while paying their staff a wage they can live off. We are delighted to have notable employers like the LeedsBID, Oliver Bonas and others on board who can be examples of ‘good practice’. We are looking to make good practice common practice.”