Croydon businesses will be encouraged to join the council as an accredited London Living Wage employer at a special event next week.
The event at No 1 Croydon, will be held on 31 October – the first day of Living Wage Week, and will provide an opportunity for non-accredited organisations to commit to go Living Wage. For those interested to learn more, the event will also be an opportunity to find out more about the scheme and its benefits.
The council became an accredited London Living Wage employer last year, after the administration made introducing the wage one of its key election pledges in 2014. Croydon also made it a requirement for its contractors to pay staff the London Living Wage, which is now built into all new tenders.
Croydon’s vision is for all of the borough’s employers, big and small, to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation by 2020, with a big goal of 100 set by the end of 2017.
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for economy and jobs
“It is fantastic that a number of Croydon employers are already London Living Wage accredited. But as part of our drive to make Croydon the best place to live, work and socialise in, we want as many employers as possible to commit and become accredited London Living Wage Employers.
“London Living Wage helps workers provide for themselves and their families, but there are also many advantages for businesses too and I’d urge all organisations in the borough to come to the event to learn more about the positive difference they could make to Croydon employees and their business.”
At £9.40 the London Living Wage is higher than the government’s National Minimum Wage rates because it is calculated according to the cost of living. The new London Living Wage rate will be announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on 31 October.
To attend the Celebrating the Living Wage in Croydon event, register here.