20.12.2013, 01:05

The Living Wage: Good for Business….Good for the individual…..Good for Society

Author: Cleanall Services

Cleanall's decision to become a "service provider" for the UK's Living Wage initiative brings social and commercial benefits.


The Living Wage, calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK, is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The Living Wage is gaining momentum and already enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

In November this year Boris Johnson announced the new rate of £8.80 for London at the NHS Great Ormond Street Hospital (who is accredited) and the UK rate (outside of London) was announced as £7.65 in Nottingham, by Bishop Paul Butler.

One of the first businesses outside London to become recognised as a Living Wage Service Provider is Cleanall Services of Leyland. They pay the living wage to colleagues working at Community Gateway Housing Association (CGA) (who signed up to the Living Wage in Preston in partnership with Preston City Council).

Cleanall are looking to develop this further in line with their Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

Alistair Clayton, Commercial Director at Cleanall said, “We literally jumped at the chance to become involved in the Living Wage – as an indicator of a business’s corporate and social responsibility it cannot be over-estimated.  Our customers really appreciate the fact that we look after our employees it is a win, win scenario, our staff are motivated and focused upon the job.

I would not hesitate to recommend the Living Wage to any like-minded business or potential client. Moving forward we shall be offering a Living Wage based submission as an option in all our tenders to highlight the relatively small cost differential for clients to engage with a wholly ethical and socio-economically beneficial solution.”

Leigh Bentley, Facilities Manager at Community Gateway Housing Association said, “Cleanall have shown themselves to be forward thinking by becoming a recognised Living Wage Service Provider.  We commend Cleanall for being the first service provider in Lancashire to take this up.”

Caroline Reilly, Employer Support at the Living Wage Foundation, said, “The Living Wage has recently gained real momentum in 2013 - growing from 70 to 500 accredited employers in just one year.  For a lot of employers, moving those who are outsourced onto working with the Living Wage rate, has been a challenging step for enabling full accreditation. Now a growing number of service providers who have led in its success, recognise the added benefits this brings to their business, their clients and their employees respectively and the increase in overall quality of services that this brings. Cleanall are now leading in sharing this offering as an improved service solution, alongside their general market rate offerings. They have signed an agreement with the Living Wage Foundation to commit to offering this for all future bids, tenders and quotes.


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