Stroud District Council employees now being paid living wage
2:01pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
THE LOWEST-paid staff at Stroud District Council have had their wages increased to £7.45 per hour to be in keeping with the living wage campaign.
The 4.8 per cent increase was agreed earlier this year as part of a commitment to support the nationwide campaign and is now being seen in the council’s staff's pay slips.
Leader of Stroud District Council, Cllr Geoff Wheeler said it was important people are paid a realistic wage.
“Research from the Living Wage Foundation shows that helping our lowest paid employees in this way also leads to reductions in sickness absence and improvements in quality of work as a consequence of the health and well-being improvements it brings,” he said.
Currently the national minimum wage is £6.19 per hour while the lowest paid Stroud District Council staff were on an hourly rate of £7.11.
As part of the change, 37 full and part-time employees out of the council’s 447 staff have seen their pay rise, along with staff employed on a casual basis, such as bar staff and lifeguards.
Cllr Wheeler added: “Hundreds of organisations across the country have joined the scheme and we’re hoping that other employers will follow suit. Jobs and growth are key priorities for this council and that includes the creation of valued and well-paid jobs.”
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