First major relocation company signs up to the Living Wage

02 November 2015

Living Wage Service Provider Logo NovPremier Workplace Services has become the first major relocation company to sign up to the Living Wage movement.

We have already been paying the Living Wage on contracts delivered to KPMG, Parliamentary Estates Directorate and Metropolitan Police Service.  Last month, we took the next step and became a Recognised Living Wage Service Provider (LWSP) through the Living Wage Foundation.  As a London-based LWSP, Premier will be paying all core head office staff, the London Living Wage and submitting a Living Wage quote for all bids, encouraging clients to also pay the Living Wage for their moves and changes projects so we can extend the payment across as much of the workforce as possible.

Jerry Marks, Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to become the first major relocation company to sign up to the Living Wage.  We are committed to recognising the role all our staff play in the success of our business and wish to encourage our clients of this value also.  We hope that by joining the Living Wage movement as a Service Provider, we can not only improve the lives of our staff but also promote the importance of the Living Wage to those clients that aren’t currently signed up to the scheme.”

Caroline Reilly, Programme Manager, Living Wage Foundation says: “The benefits the Living Wage brings to staff and business are clear. Showing leadership and being a part of the solution to ensure London’s lowest paid people in Services are rewarded with enough to make ends meet, is greatly needed. I welcome the commitment made by Premier Workplace Services on this issue, it’s deserves huge recognition”.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate calculated to cover the cost of living.  It is set independently and updated annually with the current rate at £9.15 per hour in London and £7.85 for the rest of the UK.  This voluntary Living Wage scheme run by the Living Wage Foundation differs from the government’s compulsory ‘national living wage’ to be introduced in April 2016 which is calculated on median earnings and is set to reach around £9 per hour in 2020.