Living wageThe Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Cappagh Browne Utilities has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Cappagh Browne Utilities receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced in April. 

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using 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.

Cappagh Browne Utilities’ Managing Director, Lawrence Summers, said “When I became aware of the Living Wage Foundation it was frankly an easy decision to make to sign up. Like most good employers, we are simply looking to pay a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work and the Government’s national minimum wage falls short of what people need to be able to afford a decent standard of living.”

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, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Cappagh Browne Utilities 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.

We have accredited over 2,500 leading employers, including Cappagh Browne Utilities, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”