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Gigstr Shortlisted for Living Wage Champion Awards

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Gigstr UK has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018. The awards recognise Living Wage employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Mikael Angesjo, Head of Gigstr UK, said:

“Gigstr is proud to be recognised as a Living Wage Employer. Our Scandinavian values of transparency and fair, flexible work resonate with our commitment to paying our staff and third-party workers a London Living Wage, along with pension contributions, leave entitlement and insurance.”

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“I would like to offer huge congratulations to Gigstr UK on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. By committing to responsible pay, employers like Gigstr have changed the lives of thousands of people across the UK, lifting workers out of poverty and transforming communities. We look forward to celebrating again in June when we announce the winners.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, and almost 4,000 accredited employers have now committed to put respect and dignity at the heart of their organisations by paying the Living Wage.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders, and winners will be announced in June.

 

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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 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 4,000 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: Burberry; GSK; Aviva; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; People’s Health Trust and Queen Mary University of London.

 

What about the Government’s national living wage?

In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. This new government rate is a new minimum wage rate for staff over 25 years old. It was introduced in April 2016 and the current rate is £7.50 per hour, rising to £7.73 in April 2018. The rate is separate to the Living Wage rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation. The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living.

Gigstr UK has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018. The awards recognise Living Wage employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.