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Illuminate Design Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

The Living Wage Foundation has announced that Illuminate Design has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Illuminate Design, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or contractors, 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 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.

Ben Payne managing director of Illuminate Design said: “We feel that it’s a commitment to our staff and freelancers to work in such a manner where they are able to work on a living wage rather than a minimum wage. Not only is this the 'correct' way to do business, it shows that we are committed to our staff and their development.”

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 Illuminate Design 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 1,500 leading employers, including Illuminate Design, 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."

21st September 2015

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