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Gigstr Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5 December 2017

GIGSTR CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT

Gigstr, together with The Living Wage Foundation, is pleased to announce that Gigstr UK has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Gigstr, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Mikael Angesjo, Head of UK, Gigstr said: “Gigstr is the new way of working for young adults. We take pride in ensuring job seekers are treated fairly, allowing them to commit to gigs whenever and wherever suitable. The Living Wage commitment allows our job seekers, also known as ‘gigstrs’, to deliver the best possible service when working a gig.”

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We welcome Gigstr to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

“We are a movement of over 3,600 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Gigstr join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
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About Gigstr
Gigstr is the new way of working for young adults. Through the app, job seekers known as ‘gigstrs’ can commit to gigs whenever and wherever suitable. These flexible jobs can be combined across industries allowing gigstrs to tailor their workweek, acquire new skillsets and grow their professional network.

Gigstr is just as user friendly for employers. Jobs can be posted for free, candidates are vetted and payment is issued directly through Gigstr. Gigstr removes all employer liability and manages administrative processes. Find out more at gigstr.com.

Media Contact

Emma Blackmore
Head of Partnerships Marketing UK
emma@gigstr.com

About the Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage enjoys cross-party support.

The UK Living Wage for outside of London is currently £8.75 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.20 per hour. This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 3,600 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We support responsible employers to voluntarily go further than the government minimum and pay the real Living Wage, to all their staff, so they can earn enough to meet the cost of living.

We receive guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by our principal partners: Aviva; Burberry; GSK; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; People’s Health Trust; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; and Queen Mary University of London.

Media Contact

Monica Brimacombe
Communications Organiser
monica.brimacombe@citizensuk.org

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