The Snowdonia Society celebrates commitment to real living wage

The Snowdonia Society has become accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working for the Society receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 (increasing to £9.90 in early 2022); significantly higher than the government minimum for over 21s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.  The Snowdonia Society is based in Wales where around 241,000 jobs pay less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, the Society has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the 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 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

John Harold, Director of the Snowdonia Society said “Our team of staff works incredibly hard to protect, enhance and celebrate Snowdonia and we are delighted to be able to recognise their hard work by guaranteeing them the real Living Wage. Whether they are a paid trainee, office based or are out leading events and volunteer activities in Snowdonia, each team member plays their own important role to help protect Snowdonia and they deserve to be paid fairly for this.”

Laura Gardiner, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that the Snowdonia Society has joined the movement of over 7,000 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 thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like the Snowdonia Society, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

About the Living Wage

 The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.85 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. The Living Wage Foundation receives guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by our principal partners: Aviva; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; People’s Health Trust; 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 would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. It was introduced in April 2016, originally applying for all workers over the age of 25, and, as of April 2021, is currently £8.91 an hour and applies for workers over the age of 23. The rate is different to the Living Wage rates calculated by the Living Wage Foundation. The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rates are calculated according to the cost of living in London and the UK.

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