A city council-owned company which provides residents with vital services has proudly joined the growing ranks of accredited Living Wage employers.
Norwich City Services Ltd (NCSL), which delivers a number of services including grounds and tree maintenance and street cleaning on behalf of Norwich City Council, has joined the council and all of its contractors in becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.
NCSL had previously paid a living wage as part of its association with Norwich City Council, but has now taken the decision to commit to the Living Wage Foundation scheme independently.
Hannah Leys, managing director of NCSL, said: “This is a vital step for us as a company, helping to drive up wages in Norwich and support our colleagues.
“Everyone has worked tirelessly to make this company a success since it began delivering environmental services in April, and we look forward to expanding the company and welcoming new colleagues when we begin delivering building maintenance in a few months’ time.
“We want to make it clear that paying fair wages is something we don’t just do by association, but because it’s the right thing to do.”
The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.
Over 8000 organisations, including Norwich City Council and NCSL, voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “As one of the anchor institutions in the city, the council is committed to raising awareness and uptake of the Real Living Wage, and see it as imperative that our partners and contractors embrace this too.
“I have always been resolutely behind the fact that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay, and I’m delighted to see NCSL join the ranks of Living Wage employers across the city.”