Skymaker are very proud to announce that we have been officially accredited as a National Living Wage provider.

The scheme is a completely voluntary program that seeks for employers to pay their workers a calculated wage which will they will actually be able to live comfortably on, as opposed to the minimum wage which is set as a law by the government. In its first year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, Skymaker has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.

The new UK rate announced by the Living Wage Foundation will apply to all Skymaker staff over 18 and has increased to £8.75 per hour. A third of the top FTSE 100 Companies are involved, including the likes of  ITV, GOOGLE, IKEA, Everton FC, Chelsea FC and Oliver Bonas. Skymaker truly believe that our workers deserve a to be able to afford to live, especially after working as hard as they do for our company.

Leigh Manning, Managing Director of Skymaker, said:

“We are very proud to increase our pay which will amount to £8.75 per hour as a minimum to each staff member. It will help our employees to live a comfortable life, and it will also help our business through motivation, as well as attracting and retaining a quality workforce.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“Year-on-year, we see organisations and businesses across the UK embracing the real Living Wage as they recognise that a fair day’s pay is not only the right thing so to but can improve the quality of staff’s work, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation and retention.”

“Today’s increase acknowledges that the cost of living continues to rise for workers everywhere and the leadership shown by businesses who welcome this is a cause for celebration during Living Wage Week, sending a positive message to the business community to show what others can achieve.”    

For more information about Living Wage Week go to http://www.livingwage.org.uk/living-wage-week