This week marks Living Wage Week, a celebration of the movement to ensure hundreds of thousands of low paid workers receive an independently calculated wage that meets the cost of living, not just the government minimum. This year’s celebration is virtual and is particularly focused on thanking those who have committed to paying essential staff a real Living Wage during an extemely difficult year. New rates are announced on Monday 9th November.
The pandemic has brought challenging times for everyone, but one positive to come out of the situation is the conversations it has allowed us to have with clients around the often avoided topic of pay. Despite unprecedented issues for businesses across many sectors, we continue our commitment to pay our colleagues the Living Wage.
We believe that people who are willing to work hard should be rewarded sufficiently and ensure that every single Facilicom employee is valued and appreciated at all times. This is why we are strong supporters of the Living Wage movement. In fact, we were a founding member of its Service Provider Recognition Scheme and were one of the first national contract cleaning companies to sign up to it. Our sister company, Trigion Security Services also actively supports the movement.
It is easy to have these principles when things are going well, but it is a true show of character if you maintain these during a crisis. Upholding these values is important for those working on the frontline during the pandemic and for those who were furloughed, or on the new job support scheme. This, of course, has put many families in extremely difficult financial positions.
Many of our cleaning operatives and security officers have been putting their own concerns to one side to deal with the job at hand. From ensuring that client premises are safe and protected, to delivering essential services, like office deep cleans and touch-point sterilising. Now, more than ever, it is vital that these colleagues are rewarded fairly for their efforts.
Over the years, we have seen first-hand what a difference paying the Living Wage makes. From improving relationships between employer and colleague, to ensuring a better standard of living for our people, it has been one of the most positive initiatives that we have adopted. Since joining the Living Wage scheme, we have seen lower absenteeism, increased staff retention, and higher levels of job fulfilment. This, in turn, has led to better teamwork and service provision, and greater client satisfaction.
By joining the Living Wage movement, you can reap the benefits of visibly being a responsible business, help the Foundation to spread awareness, and encourage other companies to join. Let’s keep the momentum going and give our teams the recognition and pay they deserve.
Jan Hein Hemke
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland