Gem Cable Solutions has today accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Gem Cable Solutions receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.
Gem Cable Solutions is based in the South East, a region where over 12% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage – around 533,000 jobs. Despite this, Gem Cable Solutions has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low-paid workers.
It is important to Gem that we are a fair and inclusive employer who champion social mobility. It has been a keystone of Gem since I took over the company in 2004 and acquired 2 smaller companies along the way. We passionately believe in the power of social mobility and diversity. We are committed to offering a fair wage and development opportunities to all. All of our workforce are paid well above the Living wage and in line with the value of their expertise. We are also committed to paying (as a minimum) the living wage to all colleagues in entry-level roles.
We are very aware of the increasing living costs affecting our colleagues and we are keen to ensure all of our colleagues are safe, happy and healthy in and outside of work, which is why we stand by our commitment to pay (as a minimum) the Living Wage to all now, and in the future.’ – Steve Jack, Managing Director
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Gem Cable Solutions has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.
“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Gem Cable Solutions, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”