Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
On 17th January 2014 Burns Pet Nutrition Ltd became the first Carmarthenshire based organisation to become an accredited Living Wage Employer.
The Living Wage campaign, associated with the Citizens UK charity, has been running for ten years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.
The Living Wage is an independently set and annually updated hourly salary rate based on the cost of living in the UK (currently £7.65 for businesses outside London). Each Burns Pet Nutrition Ltd employee earns not just the National Minimum Wage but the Living Wage. When discussing the rationale to gain accreditation, John Burns (Director) said “the level at which the Minimum Wage is set is pitifully low and cannot provide a reasonable standard of living. I wanted Burns Pet Nutrition to join the Campaign for a Living Wage to demonstrate that we are an ethical employer. In truth it was easy for us to qualify as we already pay our staff in excess of the Living Wage anyway”.
Katie Williams (HR Co-ordinator) added “we are proud to use the Living Wage Employer Mark to demonstrate the value we place in each employee. Paying a Living Wage is not only morally justified; but has clear business benefits in terms of increased productivity and retention”.
To find out more about becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer visit www.livingwage.org.uk
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