We are pleased to announce that Tourism Concern is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. The Living Wage campaign has been running for ten years and has lifted over 10,000 people out of poverty. In a separately calculated London Living Wage it recognises the higher cost of living here.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said:
“We are delighted to welcome Tourism Concern to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay. We have accredited over 2,500 leading employers, including Tourism Concern ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”
Tourism Concern campaigns for ethical and fair trade tourism, which includes decent living wages for people in the tourism industry, both in the UK and overseas.
Mark Watson, Executive Director of Tourism Concern said:
“We are proud to be the 12th accredited Living Wage employer in Croydon. Whilst it may seem obvious that Tourism Concern would pay the living wage, many charities don’t, especially when raising funds has become more and more difficult. Whilst there is a small cost to accreditation being accredited raises the profile of the Living Wage campaign and I hope will encourage others to get accredited. “