Elmore Community Services today received its Oxford Living Wage certificate from Oxford City Council Living Wage Champion Martyn Rush.
Since 1989, Elmore Community Services have been supporting people with several overlapping problems at the same time, such as mental ill health, homelessness, modern slavery, addictions, abuse and many more.
The Oxford Living Wage
The Oxford Living Wage is currently set at £10.02 an hour, benchmarked at 95% of the London Living Wage to reflect the relatively high costs of living in the city compared to the rest of the UK.
The Oxford Living Wage is a self-certification scheme. To be accredited employers must confirm in writing that all directly employed staff will receive at least the Oxford Living Wage rate. Apprentices are not included but employers may choose to extend the rate to them.
Each year the Oxford Living Wage rate for the following year is announced in November, and comes into effect in April. Accredited employers are asked to renew their commitment in writing to the Council. So far this year 19 employers have accredited.
Oxford Living Wage employers have the right to display the Oxford Living Wage logo on their premises, and the City Council provides a certificate for them to display.
“It’s great to see a registered charity making the commitment to the Oxford Living Wage. Paying the Oxford Living Wage helps with staff recruitment, motivation and retention, so it makes good business sense whatever sector you’re in. We believe many employers have already recognised this but haven’t accredited, I’d encourage them to sign up and get the recognition they deserve.”
Councillor Martyn Rush, Oxford Living Wage Champion
“Elmore has become an Oxford Living Wage employer because we want to do the right thing by our skilled and committed workforce. Our frontline workers are delivering life-changing services, and seeing demand for them rise exponentially, in a time of hard funding pressures. It’s a matter of perspective: Elmore doesn’t see the Oxford Living Wage as a cost; for us it’s an investment in our experienced and expert workers, ensuring they feel fully valued by the charity, ultimately for their own benefit but also the wellbeing of our clients.
“By signing up to the Oxford Living Wage, we want to play a further role in our community by encouraging employers, especially in the small charity sector, to become Oxford Living Wage employers, particularly as low pay is especially a serious issue in the charity sector for women, ethnic minorities, part-time workers, and young people.”
Tom Hayes, Chief Executive of Elmore Community Services