Lord Mayor certifies employers paying the Oxford Living Wage

Published: Monday, 29th April 2019

Oxford City Council is launching an accreditation scheme for the Oxford Living Wage by awarding certificates to participating local employers.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, will present certificates to the first accredited Oxford Living Wage employers in Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 30 April.

The Oxford Living Wage is an hourly pay rate – currently £10.02 an hour – that accredited employers pay as a minimum wage to all staff and temporary workers over 18. It is a voluntary scheme.

Employers who will receive certificates are Campion Hall, Citizens Advice Oxford, Community First Oxford, Good Food Oxford, My Life My Choice, Oxford Bus Company, Oxford City Council, Oxford Direct Services and Oxford Quakers.

Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook, said: “People in Oxford work hard and deserve fair pay for their efforts, so I am really pleased to be able to recognise local employers who pay the Oxford Living Wage as a minimum to their employees.”

Ben McCay, Chair of Trustees at My Life My Choice, said: “For us it’s all about equality, fairness, and respect. Our staff are valued and one of the ways we show this is by paying them a decent wage.”

Katherine Nicholas, Oxford Quakers, said: “Oxford Quakers are delighted to be part of this initiative which accords with our own belief in justice and fairness.”

Simon Howick, Managing Director at Oxford Direct Services, said: "Our employees deliver great services to the people and businesses of Oxford and the surrounding area. We believe paying the Oxford Living Wage is the minimum we should commit to in order to help our staff with the high cost of living in Oxford and to show them that Oxford Direct Services cares. But it also makes sense for businesses as well. Paying the Oxford Living Wage can help to improve staff motivation and retention, quality of work and customer service."

More information about the Oxford Living Wage is at www.oxford.gov.uk/livingwage