Wales & West Housing has become the first housing association in Wales to introduce the ‘Living Wage’.
The ‘Living Wage’, currently £7.20 per hour (for workers outside of London) is considerably higher than the legal minimum wage which is currently £6.08 per hour.
WWH has more than 340 employees across Wales, and this decision means that no-one working for WWH will earn less than £7.20 an hour.
The Living Wage is calculated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University as a rate that will provide an acceptable standard of living.
Rhys Moore, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “We are delighted to award Wales & West Housing the Living Wage employer mark. This is a significant moment as they become the first housing association in Wales to achieve the mark.”
Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of WWH, said: “We are committed to providing a fair deal for all our employees and implementing the ‘Living Wage’ is another way in which we can do this.
“We have worked closely with the Living Wage Foundation to make this happen and are delighted to be the first housing association in Wales to take this approach.”
Over 40 people will be affected by this positive change seeing a raise in their pay from August.