WBD has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative with over 6,000 accredited organisations, committed to paying the real Living Wage – a voluntary wage rate which is higher than the minimum wage set by the government, and calculated based on actual living costs.
WBD has been paying the real Living Wage as a minimum rate since 2017 and has now been officially recognised for this commitment. WBD has also included apprentices, who don't fall under the Living Wage Foundation remit, as part of its real Living Wage commitment which applies not only to directly employed staff but also to WBD's third party contracted staff.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:
“We’re delighted that WBD has officially joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join household names such as IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more small and large businesses. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer."
The Living Wage is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. It is currently £9.30 in the UK, with a higher rate of £10.75 for London, reflecting the higher costs of living in the capital. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 200,000 people and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.