Celebrating our commitment to a real living wage

By Published On: November 17, 2020Categories: Industry, Network news

The National Community Wood Recycling Project, the umbrella body for the Community Wood Recycling network, has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.  Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at our national office receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 regardless of age, significantly higher than the government minimum, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour for over 25s and £8.20 for those who are 21-24.

The Community Wood Recycling national office is based in Brighton and Hove, a city which has recently been revealed as the second most expensive place in the UK after London to buy a flat. The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to national costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 160,000 people and put over £800m extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Vanessa Nannan, Community Wood Recycling General Manager, said

“We are delighted to be joining thousands of other employers ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE, in our commitment to the Living Wage.  This not only formally recognises that our hard-working who have shown such dedication to keeping our network going over the last few challenging months deserve a fair day’s pay, but underlines our mission to create high quality jobs in the circular economy.”