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Living Wage accreditation for Yorkshire Water and Kelda group

The Kelda group including Yorkshire Water, has received formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The Living Wage commitment will see all eligible employees working at the utility company, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85, significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Kelda and Yorkshire Water’s CEO Richard Flint said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Living Wage accreditation because ensuring all eligible employees are paid fairly is the right thing to do, whether they are our employees or third-party contractors.

“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 that they do.”

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Kelda Group which includes Yorkshire Water to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

More than 1,000 leading employers have received the accreditation ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE.

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