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85 staff benefit from a living wage

85 of Yorkshire Water’s eligible workforce, including contract partner staff, have received a pay increase totaling £120,000 since the company committed to pay a higher living wage.

The figures have been revealed to mark this week's Living Wage Week, which has seen the Living Wage Foundation announce a new and improved pay rate of £8.25 per hour.

Yorkshire Water is one of just 114 businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region that have signed up to the Living Wage Foundation fair payment pledge.

Jonathan Turton, 34, who is a CCTV security operative at Yorkshire Water, said: “I receive around £100 a month more in my pay packet  since Yorkshire Water signed up to the Living Wage Foundation. This extra income does make a difference and I know that some security staff receive even more than £100 extra if they work longer hours which tends to be the nature of the security sector.”

The Living Wage Foundation’s purpose is to encourage businesses to pay low income staff more than the minimum wage. Its £8.25 per hour rate is significantly higher than the Government’s national minimum wage that currently stands at £6.70 per hour.

To bridge this gap, the minimum wage will be increased to £7.20 next April for over-25s as part of a new National Living Wage the Government is introducing.

Richard Flint, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Water, said: “We are proud to be one of the region’s biggest employers and with that position comes the responsibility that our colleagues receive a fair wage for the important work they do.  As such, we are voluntarily signed up to  the Living Wage Foundation agreement to pay a minimum of £8.25 for colleagues  in roles within our Security, Catering, Cleaning, and Ground Maintenance Teams.”

Yorkshire Water has been paying a Living Wage since December 2014 and was the second water company to sign up to the voluntary commitment.

The firm will also hire 160 apprentices over the next five years offering a starting salary of £13,000 that is above the national average.

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