PRESS RELEASE

 

19 APRIL 2016 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

INCOMEMAX CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT

 

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that IncomeMax is accredited as a Living Wage employer.

 

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at IncomeMax, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage at or above the London Living Wage, which is significantly higher than the national minimum wage and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s whch was introduced in April 2016.

 

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

 

IncomeMax founder and managing director Lee Healey said: "Our team do a fantastic job helping our customers to maximise their income and take control of their finances and I'm immensely proud of them all. It is absoutely right, as a responsible employer but also as a campaigner for better incomes for everyone, for our staff to earn a salary that is at or above the London Living Wage. I sincerely hope the fact we have become a Living Wage employer inspires other employers to do the same."

 

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

 

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome IncomeMax to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

 

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. We have accredited over 2,300 leading employers, including IncomeMax, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."

 

ENDS

 

Media Contact

 

Living Wage

 

Gillian Owen, 07876 246 150, gillian.owen@citizensuk.org

Or

Esmat Jeraj, 07809608786, esmat.jeraj@citizensuk.org

 

IncomeMax

Lee Healey, 0300 777 7772, lee.healey@incomemax.org.uk 

 

Notes to Editors

 

About the Living Wage Foundation

 

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

 

The London Living Wage is currently £9.40 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Greater London Authority and covers all boroughs in Greater London. The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £8.25 per hour. This figure is set annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University.

 

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 2,300 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

 

We receive guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by ten principal partners: Aviva; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Save the Children; Trust for London; and Queen Mary University of London.

 

What about the Government’s national living wage?

 

In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government will introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. This new government rate is a minimum wage premium rate for staff over 25 years old. It will be introduced from April 2016 and the rate will be £7.20 per hour. The rate is separate to the Living Wage rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.  The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living.