Lowest paid staff at SDC get 4.8% pay rise
THE lowest paid staff at Stroud District Council have had a 4.8 per cent wage increase as part of a commitment to support the nationwide Living Wage campaign.
Currently the national minimum wage is £6.19 per hour, although the lowest paid staff at SDC were on an hourly rate of £7.11, their wage has increased to £7.45 – a figure defined as the minimum income needed to meet basic needs.
As part of the change 37 full-time and part-time employees out of the council’s 447 staff have had a pay rise, along with staff employed on a casual basis such as bar staff and lifeguards.
SDC leader Geoff Wheeler said: “It is important that we pay people a realistic wage which our employees can live on rather than just the minimum wage.
“Research from the Living Wage Foundation shows that helping our lowest paid employees in this way also leads to reductions in sickness absence and improvements in quality of work as a consequence of the health and well-being improvements it brings,” he said.
“Hundreds of organisations across the country have joined the scheme and we’re hoping that other employers will follow suit.
“Jobs and growth are key priorities for this council and that includes the creation of valued and well-paid jobs.”
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